We must not leap to the fatalistic conclusion that we are stuck with the conceptual scheme that we grew up in. We can change it, bit by bit, plank by plank, though meanwhile there is nothing to carry us along but the evolving conceptual scheme itself. The philosopher's task was well compared by Neurath to that of a mariner who must rebuild his ship on the open sea.
Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. repr. In From a Logical Point of View (1953). "Identity, Ostension and Hypostasis," originally appeared in The Journal of Philosophy (1950).
Invokes what is apparently the author's favorite metaphor.