Guiding Questions for Quine's "Meaning and Truth"
1. What’s the version of the correspondence theory that Quine considers a ‘hollow mockery’? Why does he do so?
2. Is there a way of understanding the claim “His meaning matches the fact” that would be acceptable?
3. What is a proposition? What is a statement?
4. What’s Quine criticism of propositions?
5. Why does Quine consider a way to define equivalence of sentences? What does it consist in? Why does it fail?
6. How does Quine respond to the idea that truth is intelligible only of propositions?
7. Why is calling sentences true a confusion? What, then, are the places where, though still concerned with unlinguistic reality, we are moved to proceed indirectly and talk of sentences?
8. What is semantic ascent?
9. What does the generalising function of truth consist in?
10. What’s the basic function of the truth predicate?
11. What are the primary truth bearers?