On quine on philosophical analysis

Meir Buzaglo*

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Philosophical analysis is for Quine the replacement of a defective expression by another, sound expression, which performs the same work. In general, then, an analysis consists of two stages: (a) identifying the work that a defective expression performs, and (b) imbedding it in a safe domain. In this essay I argue that Quine's view does not truly reflect what we do in philosophy. The problem, I think, lies in both stages (a) and (b), but stems from Quine's assumption that we can control the work perforated by language.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Definition
  • Essence
  • Philosophical analysis/explication
  • Quine


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