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Quintessence: Basic Readings from the Philosophy of W.V. Quine
Through the first half of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy was dominated by Russell, Wittgenstein, and Carnap. Influenced by Russell and especially by Carnap, another towering figure, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) emerged as the most important proponent of analytic philosophy during the second half of the century. Yet with twenty-three books and countless a ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 27th 2004 by Belknap Press
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The stars are for the anthology, not for Quine. I'm not sure this is actually the best way into Quine--it seemed to suffer from the same basic shortcoming that most anthologies of writings by single authors suffer from: choppiness. For Quine's mature view, probably only for those who have some sense of him already, one can scarcely do better than his "Pursuit of Truth" and "From Stimulus to Science" taken together. For a sense of how it all fits together, classic Quine, probably better to just r ...more
"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