Mathematician:Willard Van Orman Quine
Legendary American philosopher and logician, known by his friends as Van.
Proposed three systems of axiomatic set theory.
The word quine is now used for a computer program whose output is itself.
- Born: 25 June 1908, Akron, Ohio, USA
- Died: 25 Dec 2000, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Theorems and Definitions
Definitions of concepts named for Willard Van Orman Quine can be found here.
- 1934: A System of Logistic
- 1937: New Foundations for Mathematical Logic
- 1941: Elementary Logic
- 1948: On What There Is
- 1950: Methods of Logic
- 1951: Two Dogmas of Empiricism
- 1953: From a Logical Point of View (collection)
- 1960: Word and Object
- 1963: Set Theory and Its Logic
- 1966: Selected Logic Papers
- 1966: The Ways of Paradox
- 1969: Ontological Relativity and Other Essays
- 1970: The Web of Belief (with J.S. Ullian)
- 1970: The Philosophy of Logic
- 1971: The Roots of Reference
- 1985: The Time of My Life: An Autobiography
- 1987: Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary
- 1990: Pursuit of Truth
- 1995: From Stimulus to Science
- Philosophy of science is philosophy enough.
- Any statement can be held true come what may, if we make drastic enough adjustments elsewhere in the system [of our beliefs]. The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges.
- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Willard Van Orman Quine": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive