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By Willard Van Orman Quine

The appellation "polymath" is frequently evenly bestowed, however it may be utilized with self belief to the prestigious thinker Willard Van Orman Quine. Quine's components of curiosity are panoramic, as this full of life publication amply demonstrates.

Moving from A (alphabet) to Z (zero), Quiddities roams via greater than 80 subject matters, every one delivering a whole degree of piquant idea, wordplay, and knowledge, couched in effortless and stylish prose--"Quine at his unbuttoned best," in Donald Davidson's phrases. Philosophy, language, and arithmetic are the topics so much absolutely represented; tides of entries comprise trust, verbal exchange, unfastened will, idiotisms, longitude and range, marks, prizes, Latin pronunciation, tolerance, trinity. Even the extra technical entries are larded with homely lore, anecdote, and kooky humor.

Quiddities may be a deal with for admirers of Quine and for others who prefer to imagine, who care approximately language, and who benefit from the unfastened play of mind on issues huge and small. For this pick out viewers, it really is a terrific ebook for browsing.

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