The Origins and Legacy of Quine’s Naturalism

Issued: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:41:00 BST

The Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy presents:

The Origins and Legacy of Quine’s Naturalism

December 17-18, 2019

The Reid Room, 69 Oakfield Ave, University of Glasgow

The Origins and Legacy of Quine’s Naturalism

This conference has two parts, both about Quine’s Naturalism. Part I will be centred around the book Working from Within, by Sander Verhaegh; the book is by far the most thoroughly researched scholarly book on the actual development of naturalism in Quine, foreshadowed earlier but not made explicit until 1968 in ‘Naturalized Epistemology’. Part II—the Legacy part—will be centred on tracing the influence of Quine’s Naturalism on the work of David Lewis. The relationship has many surprising details, possibly with implications for our understanding of the present state of philosophy.

Featured Speakers (schedule TBA):

  • Peter Hylton, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • James Levine, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Frederique Janssen-Lauret, University of Manchester
  • Sander Verhaegh, Tilburg University
  • John Divers, Leeds University
  • Rogério P Severo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Fraser MacBride, University of Manchester
  • Mona Simion, University of Glasgow
  • Nathan Kirkwood, University of Glasgow
  • Ali Hossein Khani, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran

The Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy is a joint Glasgow and Manchester organisation. Its members: Fraser Macbride (MU), Frederique Janssen-Lauret (MU), Gary Kemp (GU) and myself; affiliated members Derek Ball (St. Andrews), Bryan Pickel (Edinburgh); advisory board William Demopolous (University of Western Ontario), Gary Ebbs (Indiana), Peter Hylton (Illinois, Chicago), Juliet Floyd (Boston University), and Douglas Quine (W.V. Quine Literary Estate).  The Forum has run several conferences devoted to Quine and related figures such as Carnap and Davidson, since its founding in 2013.