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FS-50245-10Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyPrinceton University20th-Century Philosophy: Quine and Davidson10/1/2010 - 3/31/2012$278,088.00GilbertH.HarmanErnie LeporePrinceton UniversityPrincetonNJ08540-5228USA2010Philosophy, GeneralSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs2780880277713.420

A six-week summer seminar for sixteen college and university faculty on the prominent twentieth-century philosophers W.V.O. Quine and Donald Davidson.

This six week summer seminar will bring together fifteen participants with the aim of deepening their understanding of American philosophy in the previous century through an examination of themes in W.V.O. Quine (1908-2000) and Donald Davidson (1917-2003). Although Quine and Davidson have been, and continue to be, highly influential, their work is often misunderstood through oversimplification and failure to take into account ways in which their ideas developed and matured over time in response to other philosophers and especially to each other. The second decade of the 21st Century is a good time to take stock of their continuing relevance to contemporary discussion. It is also a good time to ensure that the next generation of students has teachers who understand and appreciate these ideas and theories in their total contexts rather than as isolated doctrines.