Philosophy: Quine on Underdetermination

Requirement: Write a philosophy paper by answering the questions below. The paper should be based on the reading provided, and do not cite others. Prompt: According to Quine, “Any statement can be held true come what may, if we make drastic enough adjustments elsewhere in the system.” What sense of ‘can’ (psychological, normative, etc.) makes most sense of Quine’s view? Discuss at least two interpretations and explain which you find to be most charitable to Quine.

Next, assess the plausibility of Quine’s thesis on this interpretation. In assessing the plausibility of Quine’s thesis, discuss the following question: given that Quine thinks that even principles of logic are up for revision, why does he include the qualification “if we make drastic enough adjustments elsewhere in the system”?

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