Quiddities
Quiddities

Quiddities

by W. V. QUINE, W. V Quine

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Overview

Quiddities by W. V. QUINE, 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674042438
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press.

Table of Contents

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
Gödel'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

What People are Saying About This

This is Quine distilled. There is the marvelously elegant style, the effortless wit, the philosophical authority, and the gleeful display of a quirky and exact learning...Quine expresses himself through smart obiter dicta on philosophical topics seldom addressed in his more austere texts. This could be a cult book for a very sophisticated audience, the kind that reads Fowler for pleasure and Dr. Johnson's dictionary for brilliance.

Arthur C. Danto

This is Quine distilled. There is the marvelously elegant style, the effortless wit, the philosophical authority, and the gleeful display of a quirky and exact learning...Quine expresses himself through smart obiter dicta on philosophical topics seldom addressed in his more austere texts. This could be a cult book for a very sophisticated audience, the kind that reads Fowler for pleasure and Dr. Johnson's dictionary for brilliance.

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