From Tolerance to Reciprocal Containment

  • Thomas Ricketts
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series


Carnap and Quine are usually presented as great philosophical opponents. And so they were. Their opposition should not blind us to the equally significant affinities in their philosophical outlooks. Burton Dreben encapsulates both the affinity and opposition at the end of his paper ‘Quine’:

Word and Object is dedicated to ‘Rudolf Carnap, teacher and friend’. To me the book gives the mirror-image of Carnap’s philosophy: it shows how Carnap is transformed once his most basic assumption is dropped, namely the fundamental distinction between philosophy and science, between the analytic and the synthetic. (Dreben 1990, p. 88)


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