Who is Willard Van Orman Quine?

  • (noun): United States philosopher and logician who championed an empirical view of knowledge that depended on language (1908-2001).
    Synonyms: Quine, W. V. Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine

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 emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement. He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard from 1956 to 1978. A recent poll conducted among analytic philosophers named Quine as the fifth most important philosopher of the past two centuries. He won the first Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy in 1993, for "his systematical and penetrating discussions of how learning of language and communication are based on socially available evidence and of the consequences of this for theories on knowledge and linguistic meaning."

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Duhem–Quine Thesis - Willard Van Orman Quine
... Quine, on the other hand, in "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", presents a much stronger version of underdetermination in science ... Hence all our knowledge, for Quine, would be epistemologically no different from ancient Greek gods, which were posited in order to account for experience ... Quine even believed that logic and mathematics can also be revised in light of experience, and presented quantum logic as evidence for this ...
De Dicto And de Re - Representing de Dicto and de Re in Modal Logic - Willard Van Orman Quine
... Willard Van Orman Quine refers to D ... Kaplan, who in turn credits Montgomery Furth for the term vivid designator in his paper Reference Modality ...

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    An indirect quotation we can usually expect to rate only as better or worse, more or less faithful, and we cannot even hope for a strict standard of more and less; what is involved is evaluation, relative to special purposes, of an essentially dramatic act.
    —Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    Scientific method is the way to truth, but it affords, even in
    principle, no unique definition of truth. Any so-called pragmatic
    definition of truth is doomed to failure equally.
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    It makes no sense to say what the objects of a theory are,
    beyond saying how to interpret or reinterpret that theory in another.
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    [T]here is no breaking out of the intentional vocabulary by explaining its members in other terms.
    —Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    I philosophize from the vantage point only of our own
    provincial conceptual scheme and scientific epoch, true; but I know no better.
    —Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    Our talk of external things, our very notion of things, is just a conceptual apparatus that helps us to foresee and control the triggerings of our sensory receptors in the light of previous triggering of our sensory receptors.
    —Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    The education of females has been exclusively directed to fit them for displaying to advantage the charms of youth and beauty. ... though well to decorate the blossom, it is far better to prepare for the harvest.
    —Emma Hart Willard (1787–1870)

    The three main medieval points of view regarding universals are designated by historians as realism, conceptualism, and nominalism. Essentially these same three doctrines reappear in twentieth-century surveys of the philosophy of mathematics under the new names logicism, intuitionism, and formalism.
    —Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)