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Willard Van Orman Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000) was an analytic philosopher and logician. Quine made contributions to the discussion of epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and logic.

Quine is best known for his naturalism, namely his physicalist theory of mind and his behaviourism with regards to language. He is known for his naturalized epistemology in particular, in which he rejects traditional methods of epistemology in favour of examining the empirical data around human stimulation and formation of knowledge.

“Two Dogmas of Empiricism”

In a 1951 paper, Quine asserted that there is no important distinction between analytic and synthetic statements, arguing that there is no real distinction between those beliefs which are believed and asserted confidently, and those statements which are said to be necessarily true.

Selected Works

  • Quine, W. V. From a Logical Point of View. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. From Stimulus to Science. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. Methods of Logic. 4th Ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. Philosophy of Logic. 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. Pursuit of Truth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. Set Theory and Its Logic. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1969. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. The Ways of the Paradox and Other Essays. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976. (Amazon)
  • Quine, W. V. Word and Object. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1964. (Amazon)

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Name: Willard Van Orman Quine
Born: June 25, 1908
Died: December 25, 2000