W.V. Quine (2004). Quintessence, Harvard University Press (paperback)
I'm going to assume you already realize that Quine is one of the most important philosophers of all time and just tell you why you need this particular book.
Here are the contents. The title of each paper is followed by the title of the book from which it comes. (Note that most were originally published in various professional journals.) Those marked with a star are not available in book form.
I. Analyticity and Reductionism
1. Truth by Convention (Ways of Paradox)
2. Two Dogmas of Empiricism (From a Logical Point of View)
3. Two Dogmas in Retrospect (*)
4. Carnap and Logical Truth (Ways of Paradox)
II. Indeterminacy and Inscrutability
5. Speaking of Objects (*)
6. Reference (Pursuit of Truth)
7. Translation and Meaning (Word and Object)
8. Progress on Two Fronts (*)
9. On What There Is (From a Logical Point of View)
10. The Scope and Language of Science (Ways of Paradox)
11. On Simple Theories of a Complex World (Ways of Paradox)
12. Ontic Decision (Word and Object)
13. Things and Their Place in Theories (Theories and Things)
14. On Carnap's Views on Ontology (Ways of Paradox)
IV. Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind
15. Epistemology Naturalized (Ontological Relativity)
16. Naturalism; or, Living within One's Means (*)
17. The Nature of Natural Knowledge (Mind and Language (multiauthor collection))
18. Five Milestones of Empiricism (Theories and Things)
19. On Mental Entities (Ways of Paradox)
20. Mind and Verbal Dispositions (Mind and Language (multiauthor collection))
21. Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist (Future Pasts (multiauthor collection))
22. Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes (Ways of Paradox)
23. Intensions Revisited (Theories and Things)
24. Reference and Modality (From a Logical Point of View)
25. Three Grades of Modal Involvement (Ways of Paradox)
Four papers are only available in professional journals. Three are only available in edited collections containing mostly work by other authors. And the rest are scattered across From a Logical Point of View, Word and Object, Ways of Paradox, Theories and Things, Ontological Relativity, and Pursuit of Truth. I have all of these last and more. And they're all great. But unless you know you're a big Quine fan the cream can be found in Quintessence.
The most telling thing to me are which papers are referenced by people who really know Quine. I recently read What is Analytic Philosophy?
and I'm now reading Quine (Arguments of the Philosophers)
. The most heavily cited papers between both volumes are in Quintessence.
A caveat. There is really no shallow end to Quine, and if you dive into this unprepared you may drown. But, I came to Quine with little previous background through books like Word and Object and Ways of Paradox. It can be done. I don't know of a really good way to get started, so I'll have to assume that if you get this book you already have some background or are willing to put in the effort.
About Logic. A couple of reviewers have complained that this volume contains none of Quine's technical papers. Piffle. Most of Quine's philosophical work does not depend on appreciation of his technical work. I've read them both, and I'm telling you. And no author of a book on Quine nor editor of a collection of papers on Quine's philosophy has felt the need to inject tons of equations at any point. However, basic logic is sometimes used by Quine in his philosophical papers and you do need to know some basic quantification-theory/predicate-calculus/first-order-logic. I highly recommend Quine's own Methods of Logic
or you might get by with his Elementary Logic: Revised Edition
The book is subtitled Basic Readings From the PHILOSOPHY of W.V. Quine.
For those of you who can't let it go try Selected Logic Papers, Enlarged Edition
. Just know that Quine took the annoying tack of saying "well, I already published that paper in (e.g.) From a Logical Point of View, so I won't include it Selected Logic Papers." So you need to buy From a Logical Point of View: Nine Logico-Philosophical Essays, Second Revised Edition
and others even to get the essential stuff.