Quiddities / Edition 1

Quiddities / Edition 1

by W. V. Quine
     
 

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

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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, and wisdom, couched in easy and elegant prose--"Quine at his unbuttoned best," in Donald Davidson's words. Philosophy, language, and mathematics are the subjects most fully represented; tides of entries include belief, communication, free will, idiotisms, longitude and latitude, marks, prizes, Latin pronunciation, tolerance, trinity. Even the more technical entries are larded with homely lore, anecdote, and whimsical humor.

Quiddities will be a treat for admirers of Quine and for others who like to think, who care about language, and who enjoy the free play of intellect on topics large and small. For this select audience, it is an ideal book for browsing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674743526
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/07/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
1,411,982
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Alphabet

Altruism

Anomaly

Artificial Languages

Atoms

Beauty

Belief

Classes versus Properties

Classes versus Sets

Communication

Complex Numbers

Consonant Clusters

Constructivism

Copula

Creation

Decimals and Dimidials

Definition

Discreteness

Etymology

Euphemism

Excluded Middle

Extravagance

Fermat's Last Theorem

Formalism

Freedom

Free Will

Functions

Future

Gambling

Gender

Godel's Theorem

Ideas

Identity

Idiotisms

Impredicativity

Infinite Numbers

Inflection

Information

Kinship of Words

Knowledge

Language Drift

Language Reform

Latin Pronunciation

Lines

Longitude and Latitude

Marks

Mathematosis

Meaning

Mind versus Body

Misling

Natural Numbers

Necessity

Negation

Paradoxes

Phonemes

Plurals

Predicate Logic

Prediction

Prefixes

Prizes

Pronunciation

Real Numbers

Recursion

Redundancy

Reference, Reification

Rhetoric

Semantic Switch

Senses of Words

Singular Terms

Space-Time

Syntax

Things

Tolerance

Trinity

Truth

Type versus Token

Units

Universal Library

Universals

Usage and Abusage

Use versus Mention

Variables

Zero

Index

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