In what way were Willard van Orman Quine's "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" actually parts of a single dogma?  

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Willard Van Orman Quine's essay, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", is among the most important works of twentieth century philosophy, and marks the end of the unreconstructed logical positivism of Carnap and the Vienna school. In this paper, Quine first attacks the dogma that it is possible to claim that a statement is true analytically simply by looking at definitions of words. That is the first dogma. He then suggests, that the second dogma, a correspondence theory of truth, can be used to save the first dogma. Thus his second dogma is an essential part of his first. He continues on to disprove the second dogma. This leads to holism, the notion that verification should be applied to the whole system of science not just individual statements.


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