As long as knowledge is conceived of as accurate representing—as the Mirror of Nature—Quine’s and Sellars’s holistic doctrines sound pointlessly paradoxical, because such accuracy requires a theory of privileged representations, ones which are automatically and intrinsically accurate. So the response to Sellars on givenness and Quine on analyticity is often that they have “gone too far”-that they have allowed holism to sweep them off their feet and away from common sense.

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Chapter 4