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NEH Summer Seminar
For College and University Teachers
And Advanced Graduate Students

20th Century American Philosophy
Quine and Davidson

Gilbert Harman and Ernie Lepore
June 20 - July 29, 2011
Princeton University

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W. V. Quine

This six week summer seminar will bring together sixteen participants with strong backgrounds in philosophy or linguistics, including college and university teachers and two outstanding graduate students. The aim of the seminar is to deepen an 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.

NOTE: Applications were due no later than March 1.

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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