2.60 Radical Translation
Category: Philosophy of Language
Keywords: quine, languages, translation, grammar, holism, syntax, davidson, putnam, interpretations, charity, syntactic, rabbit, competence, quantification, scheme
Number of Articles: 342
Percentage of Total: 1.1%
Weighted Number of Articles: 311.7
Percentage of Total: 1%
Mean Publication Year: 1984.8
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1981.7
Median Publication Year: 1983
Modal Publication Year: 1975
Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.0436)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Analytic/Synthetic (0.0314)
Topic with Least Overlap: Crime and Punishment (2e-04)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Self-Consciousness (0.00017)
This feels like a narrow topic to me, but the numbers suggest it is almost exactly the median size of topic. I think this is because the Journal of Philosophy published a lot of articles on indeterminacy of translation from the 1950s all the way through at least the 1990s. Indeed, 111 of the 342 articles in this topic are from the Journal of Philosophy.
Within philosophy of language, this topic feels like a bridge between the Wittgensteinian work done before and immediately after the war, and the work post-Montague that is more continuous with linguistics. There is some level of formalism in the papers here, but nothing like the Montagovian works.
The core figure in this topic is clearly Quine, but the topic gets a second burst of life in the mid-1970s. That slowly fades away, but never quite ends.
And it is possible that Robbie Williams’s work will lead to a reversal of the downward trend. Indeed, one could squint and almost make out that it had already reversed the trend by the late 2000s. Here are the papers Robbie had in the data-set as of 2013, though he has published much more in these journals since then.
|2006||J. Robert G. Williams, 2006, “An Argument for the Many,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 106:411–9.||Vagueness||0.8076|
|2007||J. Robert G. Williams, 2007, “Eligibility and Inscrutability,” Philosophical Review 116:361–99.||Radical Translation||0.3205|
|2008||J. Robert G. Williams, 2008, “Chances, Counterfactuals, and Similarity,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77:385–420.||Modality||0.3451|
|2008||J. R. G. Williams, 2008, “Supervaluationism and Logical Revisionism,” Journal of Philosophy 105:192–212.||Vagueness||0.3348|
|2008||J. R. G. Williams, 2008, “Multiple Actualities and Ontically Vague Identity,” The Philosophical Quarterly 58:134–54.||Vagueness||0.3929|
|2008||J. R. G. Williams, 2008, “The Price of Inscrutability,” Noûs 42:600–41.||Radical Translation||0.2846|
|2010||J. Robert G. Williams, 2010, “Defending Conditional Excluded Middle,” Noûs 44:650–68.||Formal Epistemology||0.3867|
|2010||J. R. G. Williams, 2010, “Fundamental and Derivative Truths,” Mind 119:103–41.||Radical Translation||0.1836|
|2012||J. Robert G. Williams, 2012, “Indeterminacy and Normative Silence,” Analysis 72:217–25.||Vagueness||0.4052|
|2012||J. Robert G. Williams, 2012, “Counterfactual Triviality: A Lewis-Impossibility Argument for Counterfactuals,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85:648–70.||Formal Epistemology||0.5020|
|2013||J. Robert G. Williams, 2013, “Part-Intrinsicality,” Noûs 47:431–52.||Personal Identity||0.3477|