Quine on Explication

Jonas Raab

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The main goal of this paper is to work out Quine’s account of explication. Quine does not provide a general account, but considers a paradigmatic example which does not fit other examples he claims to be explications. Besides working out Quine’s account of explication and explaining this tension, I show how it connects to other notions such as paraphrase and ontological commitment. Furthermore, I relate Quinean explication to Carnap’s conception and argue that Quinean explication is much narrower because its main purpose is to be a criterion of theory choice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Early online date2 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2021


  • Carnap
  • Quine
  • explication
  • paraphrase


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