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Willard Van Orman Quine


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Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as "Van") was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continually affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of logic and set theory, and finally as a professor ... more »

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  • ''One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Epistemology Naturalized," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia Universit...
  • ''To be is to be the value of a variable.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. Methods of Logic, p. 224, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. (1950).
  • ''Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Ontological Relativity," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia University ...
  • ''Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. "Speaking of Objects," Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, Columbia University Pre...
  • ''Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.''
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher. Theories and Things, p. 93, Harvard University Press (1981).
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