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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Willard Van Orman Quine: Are his intensions creatures of darkness?

“Willard van Orman Quine”
Music by Carrie Jenkins, Ben Bradley, Kris McDaniel
Lyrics by Carrie Jenkins

Carrie Jenkins — vocals, piano, electric piano
Ben Bradley — keyboards, cello, ukulele
Kris McDaniel — keyboards, vocals, electric guitar, hand percussion

Carrie Jenkins’ parts were recorded by Carrie in Nottingham.
Kris and Ben’s parts were recorded by Kris and Ben in Syracuse.
Song engineered by Kris McDaniel.

He’ll play upon
Your naturalistic intuitions
He’ll lure you in
With the promise of positions that you love
Like realism about numbers and sets
And the view that philosophy’s continuous with science.

And then you’re caught in the web
No support from the a priori
All aboard Neurath’s ship
It will all be fine
But you’re tied to the mast
It’s all a posteriori
Here on in; have a blast
With Willard Van Orman Quine.

He looks so good
Next to Carnap, Ayer and Chisholm
And there’s nothing wrong
With confirmational holism;
It’s quite nice as an account of how theories face the tribunal of
Mmm yeah.

But step away when he starts
Talking about the analytic.
Meaning’s not that strange in being tricky to define.
And it comes in small bits;
Not all holism’s terrific.
Keep your head; keep your wits
’Round Willard Van Orman Quine.

© 2009 Carrie Jenkins

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