How Do We Deal with Conflicts Between Different World Views, if they are Based on the Same Evidence? The Philosophical Problem of Underdetermination in the Thought of W.V. Quine and Donald Davidson

Author: Adeel, M. Ashraf
This book examines both Quine’s and Davidson’s views on underdetermination and
language and argues underdetermination provides an epistemological basis for pluralism by justifying alternative world views or conceptual schemes in science.


“. . . most rewarding. . . . [This book] provides numerous insights into Quine's work-particularly in documenting how tensions in Quine's thought led to modifications of his position.” - Prof. Phillip Ferreira, Kutztown University

". . .one of the most comprehensive and concise analyses of the implications of the underdetermination thesis in the literature. [Dr. Adeel] does a masterful job.” - Prof. Theodore Schick, Muhlenberg College

Table of Contents

Chapter I
Some Introductory Remarks
On Quine’s Terminology
Chapter II
Evolution of Quine’s Thinking
On The Thesis of Underdetermination
Chapter III
Duhem-Quine Thesis or Holism*
And Underdetermination
Chapter IV
Can Quine Distinguish The Underdetermination Thesis From The Thesis Of Indeterminacy of Translation?
Chapter V
The Underdetermination Thesis a nd Conventionalism
Chapter VI
The Conflict between Quine’s Thesis
Of Underdetermination, and His Empiricism
And Naturalism: A Relativistic Resolution
Chapter VII
Some Recent Takes on Underdetermination: An Evaluation*
Chapter VIII
Davidson on The Problem Of Interpretation: A Comparison with Quine
Chapter IX
Davidson’s Requirements
On A Theory of Interpretation
Chapter X
Tarski’s Theory of Truth
And Davidson’s Semantics: Towards Reducing Indeterminacy
Chapter XI
Davidson’s Holism in a Quinian Perspective
Chapter XII
Language and Translatability: Towards Alternative Conceptual Schemes*