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.
Read or Download Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary PDF
Similar Logic Language books
During this e-book, Yaq? b describes an easy notion of fact and indicates that it yields a semantical thought that incorporates the total diversity of our probably conflicting intuitions approximately fact. This belief takes the Tarskian biconditionals (such as "The sentence 'Johannes enjoyed Clara' is right if and provided that Johannes enjoyed Clara") as accurately and fully defining the idea of fact.
Mathematicians are inclined to give some thought to themselves as scientists investigating the beneficial properties of genuine mathematical issues, and the wildly profitable software of arithmetic within the actual sciences reinforces this photograph of arithmetic as an aim research. For philosophers, notwithstanding, this realism approximately arithmetic increases critical questions: What are mathematical issues?
Francois Recanati has pioneered the 'mental dossier' framework for brooding about innovations and the way we seek advice from the realm in notion and language. psychological records are according to 'epistemically profitable' family to things within the surroundings. status in such family members to things places the topic able to achieve information about them.
This can be a revised and improved variation of a seminal paintings within the common sense and philosophy of time, initially released in 1968. Arthur N. past (1914-1969) was once the founder of temporal good judgment, and his ebook bargains a good advent to the elemental questions within the box. a number of very important papers were extra to the unique choice, in addition to a accomplished bibliography of Prior's paintings and an illuminating interview together with his widow, Mary earlier.
Additional resources for Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary