Introduction: Quine’s Immanuel Kant Lectures

  • Robert SinclairEmail author
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)


These introductory remarks provide an overview of the project Quine develops in his Kant lectures. Much of the lectures are aimed at locating mentalistic discourse within a scientific, physicalist framework, where this forms part of a scientific, if abstract, explanation of how we come to know the external world and other minds without an appeal to mental entities or other sensibilia. I further attempt to illuminate Quine’s physicalist rendering of perception through a comparison with Austin’s ordinary language approach to perception. I conclude with a brief description of the essays found in section II.


Austin Perception Physicalism Language 


  1. Austin, J.L. 1962. Sense and Sensibilia, Reconstructed from the Manuscript Notes by G.J. Warnock. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Berdini, Federica, and Claudia Bianchi. 2018. John Langshaw Austin (1911–1960). The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002. Accessed 2 May 2018.
  3. Gochet, Paul. 2005. Book Review of Wissenschaft und Empfindung: Die Immanuel Kant Lectures by Willard Van Orman Quine, Translated and Introduced by H.G. Callaway. 2003. Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Friedrich Frommann Verlag: Günther Holzboog. Dialectica 59: 375–378.Google Scholar
  4. Lawlor, Krista. 2018. Austin on Perception, Knowledge and Meaning. In Interpreting Austin, ed. Savas Tsohatzidis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Longworth, Guy. 2017. John Langshaw Austin. In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2017 ed.). Edited by Edward N. Zalta.
  6. Martin, M.G.F. 2007. Austin: Sense & Sensibilia Revisited. Unpublished.Google Scholar
  7. Quine, W.V. 1960. Word and Object. Cambridge: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  8. ———. 1974. The Roots of Reference. La salle: Open Court.Google Scholar
  9. ———. 1976. On Mental Entities. In The Ways of Paradox. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  10. ———. 1981a. Things and Their Place in Theories. In Theories and Things. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  11. ———. 1981b. On Austin’s Method. In Theories and Things. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  12. ———. 1985. States of Mind. In Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  13. ———. 1992. Pursuit of Truth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  14. ———. 2019. Science and Sensibilia: The 1980 Immanuel Kant Lectures, ed. Robert Sinclair. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  15. Sinclair, Robert. Forthcoming. Science, Sense, and Sensibilia: Quine and Austin on Perception. Al-Mukhatabat 27.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of International Liberal ArtsSoka UniversityTokyoJapan

Personalised recommendations