Willard Van Orman Quine

1908-2000
Philosopher and Mathematician

W V Quine stamp from StampExpressions Home page for Willard Van Orman Quine, mathematician and philosopher who held the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard University from 1956-2000. Over the last half century his literary output was prodigious in such areas as mathematical logic, set theory, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of logic. His best known works include "The Ways of Paradox", "Mathematical Logic", "Set Theory and Its Logic", "Quiddities", and his most influential "Word and Object". His style is not only eminently lucid but lively and elegant. Professor Quine was born June 25, 1908 (anti-Christmas) and died December 25, 2000 (Christmas). His ashes rest beside his parents' remains in the Glendale Cemetary, Akron, Ohio with portions scattered in Cambridge MA, Harvard MA, and Meriden CT (with his wife, Marjorie). The last paper he presented was Three Networks: Similarity, Implication, and Membership in Boston (August 1998); it was published in Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy (#6). Quine has made many contributions to logic, but in his philosophical writings he focuses on meaning and existence - the age old concerns of philosopher-man - and he thus continues the traditions begun by the ancient Greeks. Because he [was] America's most influential living philosopher, many of his concerns have become major concerns of his contemporaries. [from "Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine"]

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W. V. Quine's Books and translations (11 pages)

This bibliography includes all known books, revised editions, and translations of the books written by W. V. Quine.

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W. V. Quine's Essays, Articles, Reviews, and Abstracts (11 pages)

This bibliography includes all known essays, articles, and reviews written by W. V. Quine together with a major reprint citation if available. It is based upon the extensive bibliographies published by Eddie Yeghiayan (Special Collections, Main Library, University of California, Irvine, CA ), The Philosophy of W. V. Quine (P. A. Schilpp, editor) and Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine (R. W. Shahan and Chris Swoyer, editors).


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Academic Degrees of W. V. Quine

"Earned" Degrees


Honorary Degrees

  1. Oxford University, Oxford, England; 1953 (MA)

  2. Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; June, 1955 (LittD)

  3. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; June 7, 1957 (LLD)

    • I now have the honor to present for the honorary degree Doctor of Laws, Willard Van Orman Quine, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University.

      Willard Van Orman Quine was born in Ohio and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, the degree of Master of Arts from Oxford University, and the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University. After holding fellowships for study in Europe and after being a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University from 1933 to 1936, he began his teaching service at Harvard University. He is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at that institution and was Chairman of its Philosophy Department from 1952-53. In 1942, Dr. Quine was Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and during the year 1953-54 he was a fellow of Balliol College and George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford University. During the present year he is a member of the Institute of Advanced Study. Among the numerous honors and recognitions his professional colleagues have bestowed upon him are the Presidency of the Association of Symbolic Logic, and the Presidency of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. In 1955 Oberlin College conferred upon him a doctorate of literature.

      Besides being a co-author of three books, the author of numerous papers in professional journals, many of which have had more impact upon scholarship in philosophy and logic than most books, Professor Quine has written five books and has two more in progress.

      Professor Quine's creative work has earned him world-wide recognition as the successor of Frege, Whitehead, and Russell in a period of logical discovery and development never before equalled in the history of philosophy. Like his worthy predecessors, Professor Quine has sought an integration of mathematical logic and certain related metaphysical themes in philosophy. His many books and articles testify to his brilliant synthesizing spirit of logic and philosophy which represents one of the foremost intellectual movements in our day.

      In recognition of his scholarship in the field of logic and for his contributions to the literature of philosophy, I now present Willard Van Orman Quine for the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.

  4. University of Lille, France; October, 1965 (LLD)

  5. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; December, 1965 (LittD)

  6. Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; June 5, 1966 (LittD)

  7. University of Chicago, May 5, 1967 (LHD)
    • Mr. President, I have the honor to present, as a candidate for an honorary degree, Willard Van Orman Quine, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.

      Distinguished for his contributions to mathematical logic, Professor Quine has achieved new standards of clarity and rigor in philosophical reasoning. His formulation of the problem of ontic commitment in the terms of quantificational logic has given philosophy a new locus for the examination of ontological issues. Through his penetrating analyses of analyticity, synonyomy, propositional attitudes and other fundamental concepts he has brought philosophers of all convictions to a critical re-examination of their basic principles.

      In recognition of his outstanding service to philosophy, Mr. President, I request, on behalf of the Division of Humanities, that you confer upon Willard Van Orman Quine, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

  8. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; June 1970 (LittD)
    • (by Sidney Axinn) - In a moment of world history when man too rarely reflects upon the tumultous events of this Twentieth Century, he has contributed immensely towards the understanding of man and his condition.

      A distinguished scholar and writer in the field of philosophical studies, he has earned pre-eminence in the study of philosophy of logic throughout forty years of dedication to teaching, research, and writing.

      His numerous honors and distinctions include the George Eastman Visiting Professorship at Oxford, the Gavin Young Lectureship at the University of Adelaide (Australia), appointment as a fellow of Balliol College and in the Institute of Advanced Studies, and his service with distinction as Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.

      I am privileged and pleased to present a distinguished colleague for the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature --.

  9. Oxford University, Oxford, England; June 1970 (DLitt) [citation translated from Latin and Greek; click on image enlarged]
    • Quine Oxford degree latin citation Livy reports thatr Attus Navius cut a whetstone in half with a razor; a sharper razor of the spirit, however, was invented by William of Ockham, the 'invincible doctor', and though only as an 'inceptor', not a Master, he honed it here in Oxford. The cutting-edge of logic has been tempered anew in our time, and our guest to-day has taken possession of the instrument to shave off every abstraction as though it were an infection. He is a new 'nominalist' who rejects universals. He even attempts the Shaving of Plato, although Plato would have greatly approved of one so far from 'innocent of geometry', a skilled dialectician and pursuer of mathematical reasoning. As natural scenery, it is not verdant vales, banked with rustling boskage, that delight him, but desert landscapes. So too in philosophy he would have things plain and solid, no suggestion of 'more things than are drempt of'. For him, being is not to be perceived or to be thought, but to be the value of a variable. However he allows that some entities should be multiplied, his own books for instance (from A System of Logic, 1934, to nos. 11, Ontological Relativity, and 12, Philosophy of Logic, 1969), and his knowledge of languages and etymologies. When he is your guest, do not apply Ockam's razor; he is not a water drinker. He writes copiously, at once like an angel and like an American, with a Roman ruthlessness, a patrician elegance, and the subtlety of Zeno. His origins are Dutch and Isle of Man (where by way of etymology, his name means son of John, McIan), and his birthplace, Akron, Ohio, provides an omen, like Sappho's apple, 'top of the topmost, and the applepickers have forgotten it; no, not forgotten, but they could not reach it.' But he classes himself more modestly; if a cricket eleven of logicians were to be chosen from all past time, he would not figure except as captain of the second eleven. I present to you Willard Van Orman Quine, Professor of Philosophy at Harvard, Eastman Visiting Professor here (1953-4), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Philosophical Society, corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a notable philosopher and pioneer in Symbolic Logic, for admission to the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.

      Professor Quine, like Parmenides of old, has so successfully triumphed over the thorny problems of logic that he can express in ordinary language ideas of great complexity. I admit him to the degree of Doctor of Letters.

  10. Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; June 1978 (LittD) [citation translated from Latin; click on image to enlarge]
    • Quine Cambridge degree latin citation Complaining of the limitations of the traditional language will get me nowhere. But even Cicero's pen, I think, might drag if he had to deal with the topics of modern philosophy, which so often appear to be involved with the meaning and distinction of words that someone has wittily said that nowadays ontology recapitulates philology. But the man himself, whom we now desire to honour, we can outline without obscurity. It is generally agreed that he is one of the most eminent philosophers of his time, in interests and methods a true successor of the great Bertrand Russell; and that his influence has never depended solely upon his own adherents.

      As a young man he observed Plato's injunction,
      Non-mathematicians keep out and after taking his degree in mathematics at Oberlin College devoted himself to logic under the most celebrated masters both of his own country and of Europe. That technique he has applied with such great finesse in other departments of philosophy that where his predecessors have distinguished various classes of propositions (of which those of mathematics are given pride of place while those of metaphysics are regarded as worthless) he stresses the unity of science and metaphysics.

      The appeal of his teaching owes much to the elegance of his style, and to the terse and deceptively simple and proverbial quality of his maxims, scarcely to be imitated even in Latin without some inquination of the language:
      no entity without identity, for example, or to be is to be the value of a variable. As in language he reckons that the jungle should be cut back, so too as a keen traveller he is said to be especially fond of those parts of Mexico which others find distasteful and inhospitable deserts. He has an easy control of foreign languages, and has himself written books in Portuguese. But he teaches that nothing can be translated into another language without some indeterminancy of meaning; that if you are reading this speech in English you cannot know whether I am talking about the man himself, about his sundry parts, or about the universal, Quinehood.

      But without more ado let me present the man himself,

  11. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; June 1979 (LLD)
    • Willard Van Orman Quine: Doctor of Laws: Beyond philosophical dispute a great logician who has left a lasting imprint on his field; within our special compass a friendly teacher, a colleague of generous heart.

  12. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; June 1980 (DPh)Uppsala universitet. Hedersdoktorer Doctores honoris causa. Filosofie hedersdoktorer.

  13. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; May 1981 (LHD)
    • Willard Van Orman Quine, your lucid and penetrating treatment of philosophical and logical issues has exercised an influence unsurpassed by the work of any other living American philosopher.

      Your philosophical inquiry has formed the questions of this generation. Your criticism of Empiricist dogmas turned analytic philosophy in new directions and was a major force in moving American philosophy to the forefront in the Anglo-American world.

      During your decades of unchallenged eminence, you have remained the fair, measured, and temperate scholar who generously offers opinion and comment to young philosophers and others whenever they seek your counsel..

  14. University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; December 1982 (DPh)

  15. University of Granada, Granada, Spain; 1986 (DPh)

  16. Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin; May 15, 1983 (LittD)

  17. Adelphi University, New York, May 21, 1989 (LittD)

  18. Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany; June 1997 (Dr.phil.)

Awards and Offices of W. V. Quine

Awards and Offices

Pronunciation of Quine

The Manx name 'Quine' is pronounced exactly as a native English reader should guess. Unfortunately, because the name is so rare, most people get it wrong because they don't trust their instincts (the name is not spelled 'Quinn' nor is it pronounced that way).

Quine and Dictionaries

Quine and the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)

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DARE is a multi-year project of the late Professor Frederic Cassidy - a close friend of Quine since high school days. All 5 volumes have been published and they are a wonderful source of information about the regional differences in English across the United States. This continuing monumental effort of research and documentation was a passion of Quine's. Memorial gifts to help continue the work may be made to DARE / University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, P.O. Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708


Quine in dictionaries

"Quinean" is a word in the Oxford English Dictionary, Supplement, 1987


"quine" is a word in the The Philosophical Lexicon, eighth edition: 1987, Daniel Dennett (editor), American Philosophical Association, 18 pages


"quine" is a word in The New Hackers Dictionary (version 4.4.6 - October 25, 2003)


"quine" has three definitions in The Urban Dictionary (July 28, 2012) deriving from Willard Van Orman Quine's writings


The Big Word Project was set up by Paddy Donnelly and Lee Munroe, two Masters students from Northern Ireland. They are exploring what different words mean to different people. Click to see how The Big Word Project has redefined some of your favorite "Quine" related words (where the definition links go): confessions, dialogue, gavagai, grandfather, grandpa, grandfather, iff, logic, logician, mathematician, philosopher, and quiddities.

The Big Word Project also recognizes some family members: grandmother, inventor, nana, and philatelic.

W. V. Quine's Ph.D. and Undergraduate students

W. V. Quine's Ph.D. students - chronological list

Compiled by Charles Parsons and Ti-Grace Atkinson at Harvard University on September 19, 2002. (Names in parentheses are the other names on the acceptance certificate; indented details obtained from various sources.) Additional information gathered from the Mathematics Genealogy Project (MGP) listing for W. V. Quine on April 19, 2008. Additions and corrections are welcomed: please E-Mail webmaster: [webmaster]

W. V. Quine's undergraduate students - (partial) alphabetical list

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Q3 - Quine Quotation Queries - missing entire papers!

(please e-mail the webmaster: [webmaster] if you have copies of these papers, no copies of the published versions are currently known in the Quine archives or elsewhere. JS is seeking them; scanned images would be much appreciated)
  1. Quine, W.V. 1979. "Clauses and classes" Bulletin d'Information, Societe Francaise de Logique, Methodologie et Philosophie des Sciences 6: 23-29 [A scan of the actual publication (or even a copy of the text) would be appreciated].

  2. Quine, W.V. 1988. "Meaning, truth, and reference" in Les Formes actuelles du vrai, ed., Nicola Incardona (Paris: Institut International de Philosophie) [author corrected proof found in Houghton Library Archives, May 1, 2013 by Noah Sheola. Final publication page numbers are unknown, actual publication date is unconfirmed, and spelling of author's name in the publication is unconfirmed. A scan of the final publication would be appreciated]

Q3 - Quine Quotation Queries - unresolved

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  1. MC (July 4, 2006) would greatly appreciate help in tracking down the bon-mot he once came across, attributed to Prof. Quine: "Free-will is a subject about nothing worth reading has ever been written ............. so much for 'free-will'".

  2. DJ (March 27, 2007) I've located a wonderful quote attributed to Quine that I am unable to find the source for. It's this: "the divisions of the universe are not the same as the divisions of the university." I came across it in an essay on Stephen Toulmin: http://www.neh.gov/news/humanities/1997-03/wartofsk.html I'd be very grateful if someone can help me track down a citation for this. Daniel O. Jackson, English Language Program, J.F. Oberlin University, 3758 Tokiwa-machi, Machida City, Tokyo, 194-02 Japan Tel: 042-797-9583 Fax: 042-704-7083, http://www.geocities.jp/danielja2/main.html

  3. Cory Andrew Labrecque (November 12, 2008) would greatly appreciate any help to track down a quote by Quine which reads: "To define something is to learn (or know) how to avoid it.". [cory.labrecque (at) mcgill.ca, McGill University]

Q3 - Quine Quotation Queries - already answered

  1. MH asks (Feb 25 1997): what tastes like chicken?
    see the story in the 1951 Furioso - it is a shame to give away the punch line of Quine's only fictional work - DBQ

  2. AH asks (Feb 14, 1999): where did Quine write There is nothing more basic to thought and language than our sense of similarity; our sorting of things into kinds
    According to "http://divcom.otago.ac.nz/ SIRC/GeoComp/GeoComp98/17/gc_17.htm" it was Kant, not W.V. Quine - JQB

  3. L asks (June 17, 2000): where did Quine write Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of
    see next entry

  4. LB asks (Feb 16, 2001): where did Quine write No entity without identity
    the book Ontological relativity and other essays, p. 23
    the book Theories and Things, p. 102
    the book From Stimulus to Science, p. 75


  5. SP asks (Feb 19 2001): where did Quine write Life is a burgeoning, life is a quickening
    actually both of the above quotes are part of a longer text:
         Life is agid, life is fulgid.
         Life is a burgeoning, a
         quickening of the dim primordial
         urge in the murky wastes
         of time. Life is what the
         least of us make most of
         us feel the least of us
         make the most of.
    
    First observed in Quine's writing log in November 1946, best known as Life is agid. Life is fulgid., sent as to the editor as Lines On life For Mr. Moorhead, and renamed (by the editor) Methods of Logic when published in Hugh S. Moorhead (editor) The Meaning of Life: According To Our Century's Greatest Writers and Thinkers. (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1988): 154-155 (handwritten and printed versions) - DBQ (latest title correction and text reordering of the 3rd and 4th sentences to match the printed text: November 6, 2007)

  6. MJ asks (Apr 15, 2002): where did Quine write To be is to be the value of a bound variable?
    On What There Is page 15 in From A Logical Point of View. Russell Marcus wrote (July 18, 2005) to say that this criterion was also discussed in both: Quine, W.V.O. 1939a. "Designation and Existence." Reprinted in Feigl and Sellars (1949) and in Quine, W.V.O. 1939b. "A Logistical Approach to the Ontological Problem." Reprinted in The Ways of Paradox.

  7. RG says (July 13, 2002) Quine's famous quote: Logic chases truth up the tree of grammar
    is in Philosophy of Logic

  8. RG (and others) asked (July 13, 2002): where did Quine write Philosophy of Science is Philosophy Enough
    Mr. Strawson on Logical Theory page 151 in The Ways of Paradox (rev. and enlarged ed.) (originally pub. in Mind. 1953). The full sentence is: Such solutions are good just to the extent that (a) philosophy of science is philosophy enough and (b) the refashioned underpinnings of science do not engender new philosophical problems of their own. (thanks to Roger Gibson, May 26, 2003)

  9. JE asks (Oct 26, 2002): where did Quine use the phrase "slum of possibles"?
    in the essay On What There Is (on page 4) which was originally published in Review of Metaphysics in 1948. It is most commonly accessed through the popular book of essays entitled From A Logical Point of View - DBQ. The full sentence is Wyman's slum of possibles is a breeding ground for disorderly elements.

  10. JLG asks (December 8, 2003 - question #331 in WVQ guestbook): Where does Quine say, "I espouse a more thorough-going pragmatism."?
    in the essay Two Dogmas of Empiricism which was originally published in Philosophical Review (January 1951), 60(1): 20-43. It is most commonly accessed through the popular book of essays entitled From a Logical Point of View) (quote on page 46) - DBQ. The actual full sentence is In repudiating such a boundary I espouse a more thorough pragmatism. - thanks to David for the answer.

  11. (July 18, 2005) Where does Quine say, "To call a posit a posit is not to patronize it."
    Russell Marus reports that it is found in Word and Object page 22, section 6

  12. TB asks (August 22, 2005 - question #334 in WVQ guestbook): Where does Quine say, ""... the Web, all our beliefs are justified by all our beliefs, they are connected by an explanatory network..."."?
    Two other people were seeking the same answer through Google more than a year ago. The broader context appears to be:
    In the web, all our beliefs are justified by all our other beliefs, they are connected by an explanatory network, and changes in one place can require changes elsewhere. Thus all belief is connected to observation in the world. Are any beliefs immune from this process? Some beliefs do not depend on observation for their justification, in fact no observation whatever could show them to be wrong. Beliefs of this type are said to count as a-priori knowledge: Their justification is independent of experience, a-priori knowledge is contrasted with empirical knowledge which does depend on observation for its justification.
    according to http://www.answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=353409 and http://www.quotationspage.com/forum/viewtopic.php? t=2050&sid=a326cacd4a61b375f5276192f341545e

  13. JW asks (March 28, 2006 - question #337 in WVQ guestbook): I have a note attributed to "Quine" which states: "the implicit assumption of mutual understanding." However, the source does not provide a reference to Quine. Source material: Beach, F.A. 1979. Animal models and psychological inference. In: Human Sexuality: A comparative and developmental perspective. H.A. Katchadourian, ed. Univ of Calif Press. Berkeley. Can anyone provide the original source of the Quine quote?
    I'm finding a related (but more complete) quote in several references - Douglas Quine:
    A/ "The less a science has advanced, the more its terminology tends to rest on an uncritical assumption of mutual understanding." (Quine, 1936, p. 90) cited in: Of minds, brains, and behavior-a review of Uttal's (1998) toward a new behaviorism: The case against perceptual reductionism Behavior and Philosophy, Spring 1999 by Machado, Armando
    B/ "The less [a field] is advanced, the more its terminology rests on an uncritical assumption of mutual understanding." (W. V. Quine) cited in: http://www.sequenza21.com/2005/03/cults.html
    C/ "The less a science is advanced, the more its terminology tends to rest on an uncritical assumption of mutual understanding." -- Willard V. Quine in "Word and Object" cited by: Dan Augustine - ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas at http://ml.islandnet.com/pipermail/dixielandjazz/2003-March/008343.html
    D/ "The less a science is advanced, the more its terminology tends to rest on an uncritical assumption of mutual understanding." -- Willard V. Quine (1946, page 84) cited in: http://72.14.203.104/search? q=cache:nyBzvEugyhYJ:murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/ ereserves/Disability%2520service/Cst%2520300/ Intro%2520to%2520comm %2520research/chapter%252003.rtf+%22assumption+of+ mutual+understanding%22+%2BQuine&hl=en& ct=clnk&cd=9

  14. David Lyndes posted this comment in 2008 and now some 60 of his colleagues have posted variations on it:
    • "I recall an exchange in print (a fest-schrift, around 1980) where someone quoted Shakespeare's 'There are more things on heaven and earth, than are dreamed of in your philosophy' at Quine. Quine responded something like, 'Possibly, but my concern is that there not be more things in my philosophy than are in heaven and earth.'
    • The full Shakespeare quotation and citation is "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." [William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5].
    • Can anyone find the exact quotation from Quine and the citation? (September 21, 2010)
    • Prof. Charles Parsons found the original source (May 2, 2012) and it is colleague Prof. Nelson Goodman who wrote: You may decry some of these scruples and protest that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy. I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there are in heaven and earth. in Fact, Fiction, and Forecast (1st ed., Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard, 1955), p. 39.

  15. Prof. Michael Papazian (professor of philosophy at Berry College in Rome, GA) and Andrea Lowry were searching for the exact text of Quine's statement that logic really came into being in the eighteenth-century; that logic wasn't really logic until after the eighteenth-century. In the end, they were also the detectives who found [January 28, 2010] the exact text "Logic is an old subject, and since 1879 it has been a great one." and source [Methods of Logic (1950 edition) p. vii]. This is an especially elusive quotation as it only appears in the introduction to the first edition of the book!

  16. Robert Frodeman said (May 7, 2012) I can't remember where I read that Quine once, in response to a question, said that he could not imagine why the general public would be interested in his work
    Douglas Quine responded (May 11, 2012) Perhaps a step in the right direction comes from Roger Gibson’s obituary for my father: wvquine.org/wvq-obit4.html in which he says: So why is it that so many Americans have never heard of Willard Quine? First, the man in the street rarely reads analytic (i.e., scientific) philosophy so Quine's brand of philosophy isn't for everyone. In an article he wrote for Newsday titled "Has Philosophy Lost Contact with People?" Quine put the point as follows: "think of organic chemistry; I recognize its importance, but I am not curious about it, nor do I see why the layman should care about much of what concerns me in philosophy." 1 The truth is, Quine was a philosophers' philosopher. Most of his writings are aimed at an audience of professional philosophers and logicians, and so, many of his writings have a forbiddingly technical content. 1 W. V. Quine. "Has Philosophy Lost Contact with People?" in Theories and Things (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), pp. 192-193.

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