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Rules and Self-Citation / Review of work on Quine

Volume 11.3 of The Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy (JHAP) has now been published online, with full open-access:


It features an article by Ori Simchen, entitled “Rules and Self-Citation“. Here is the abstract:

I discuss a neglected solution to the skeptical problem introduced by Lewis Carroll’s “What the Tortoise Said to Achilles” (1895) in terms of a self-citational inferential license. I then consider some responses to this solution. The most significant response on behalf of the skeptic utilizes the familiar distinction between two ways of accepting a rule: as action-guiding and as a mere truth. I argue that this is ultimately unsatisfactory and conclude by opting for an alternative conception of rules as representations of behavior deployed for various purposes, some theoretical and others practical. This alternative conception does not allow the skeptical problem to get off the ground.

The volume also contains a review of Quine’s Science and Sensibilia, edited by Robert Sinclair (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), written by Tyke Nunez.

JHAP is a free, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. It is available at https://jhaponline.org/. Submissions welcome!