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10 SEPTEMBER, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM PHILOSOPHY PAPER – 1 – PART A

Q1. How far are Quine’s arguments in ‘two dogmas of empiricism’ justified ? Discuss. (2014/10)

 

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  • jaish

    Quine was the one of the influential American linguistic philosophers. He has given a famous article called-“Two dogmas of empiricism”.
    First dogma-There is categorical difference between synthetic and analytical judgement.
    Second dogma-Statement regarding objects can be reduced to sense data statements.
    As per quine, these dogmas are blind beliefs and superstitions of empiricists’ philosophers and for being empiricist it is not required to accept this postulates. Quine has challenged the first dogma by saying that there is no boundary between the synthetic and analytical statements, there is only quantitative difference but has no qualitative difference.
    In the same way, he argued that all our knowledge begins when object reflects upon our sense organ. To explain the stability and objectivity of knowledge, we have to accept the existence of objects outside and independent of our mind.
    In fact, Quine was also empiricist philosopher which can be called as the radical empiricist. He has been criticised also that he was not able to differentiate between the pure mathematics and the practical mathematics.