Language and Interpretation: Philosophical Reflections and Empirical Inquiry
Chomsky (Noam)
Source: Chomsky - New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind, Chapter 3
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Editor’s Introduction1

  1. If asked to list the most important accomplishments of twentieth-century philosophy, the majority of the profession would surely give prominent place to Quine's slaying of one of two dogmas of empiricism — the existence of the analytic-synthetic distinction (that is, a principled distinction between truths of meaning and truths of fact).
  2. This accomplishment would not appear on Noam Chomsky's list. Indeed, in his paper for this volume, Chomsky argues that Quine's result is, ironically, an artifact of an overly behavioristic and a too narrowly positivistic conception of how the scientific investigation of language should and does proceed. In particular, he claims that the strictures imposed by Quine's paradigm of "radical translation" are not accepted in and would undermine the process of inquiry in the natural sciences.


Also in "Earman (John), Ed. - Inference, Explanation and Other Philosophical Frustrations".

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Footnote 1: Taken from "Earman (John) - Inference, Explanation and Other Philosophical Frustrations: Introduction".

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