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Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary

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The appellation "polymath" is often lightly bestowed, but it can be applied with confidence to the celebrated philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine. Quine's areas of interest are panoramic, as this lively book amply demonstrates.

Moving from A (alphabet) to Z (zero), "Quiddities" roams through more than eighty topics, each providing a full measure of piquant thought, wordplay
Paperback, 249 pages
Published March 15th 1989 by Belknap Press (first published March 15th 1987)
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I didn't love this like my colleague in the next office did, but it was enjoyable. Unlike Quine's other writings, and most philosophy, it's light and easy to read, which is both a relief and a detriment.

The biggest lesson I take from this book is that I need to clean up my diction and usage, lest well-educated folks like Quine (and my office neighbor) learn of my low upbringing. I should learn to be properly ashamed.
Erik Cameron
Wonderful stuff. Random thoughts on topics ranging from euphemism to set theory.
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"Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 Akron, Ohio – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as "Van"), was an American analytic philosopher and logician. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was affiliated in some way with Harvard University, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of mathematics, and finally as an emeritus elder statesman who published or r ...more
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