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Zeno Vendler


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Zeno Vendler (1921 – January 13, 2004) was an American philosopher of language, and a founding member and former director of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. His work on lexical aspect, quantifiers, and nominalization has been influential in the field of linguistics.

Vendler was born and raised in Hungary, where he learned to speak both Hungarian and German. He... more »

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  • Esse est percipi, to be is to be perceived, said good old Berkeley; but, according to most philosophers, he was wrong. Yet, obviously, there are things for which the adage holds. Perception, trivially...
    Zeno Vendler (b. 1900), U.S. philosopher. Certainty and Surface in Epistemology and Philosophical Method, p. 101, Edwin Mellen Press (1991).
  • ''Experience and imagination must enter into the very constitution of our thoughts involving concrete individuals.''
    Zeno Vendler (b. 1921), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at San Diego). Res Cogitans, p. 76, Cornell University Press (1972).
  • the full analysis of the notions of saying something and understanding what one said inevitably involves a concept which, as I will show in detail, essentially corresponds to the Cartesian idea of tho...
    Zeno Vendler (b. 1921), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at San Diego). Res Cogitans, p. 4, Cornell University Press (1972).
  • ''To be in the mind and to be known are the same thing: in this domain esse est percipi.''
    Zeno Vendler (b. 1921), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at San Diego). Res Cogitans, p. 193, Cornell University Press (1972). ...
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