Frases de Willard Van Orman Quine

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Willard Van Orman Quine

Fecha de nacimiento: 25. Junio 1908
Fecha de muerte: 25. Diciembre 2000

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Willard Van Orman Quine fue un filósofo estadounidense, reconocido por su trabajo en lógica matemática y sus contribuciones al pragmatismo como una teoría del conocimiento.

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Frases Willard Van Orman Quine

„We cannot stem linguistic change, but we can drag our feet.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Context: We cannot stem linguistic change, but we can drag our feet. If each of us were to defy Alexander Pope and be the last to lay the old aside, it might not be a better world, but it would be a lovelier language. Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary (1987), p. 231

„Nonbeing must in some sense be, otherwise what is it that there is not? This tangled doctrine might be nicknamed Plato's beard; historically it has proved tough, frequently dulling the edge of Occam's razor.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Context: Nonbeing must in some sense be, otherwise what is it that there is not? This tangled doctrine might be nicknamed Plato's beard; historically it has proved tough, frequently dulling the edge of Occam's razor. "On What There Is"

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„Our argument is not flatly circular, but something like it.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Context: Our argument is not flatly circular, but something like it. It has the form, figuratively speaking, of a closed curve in space. "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", p. 26

„A fancifully fancyless medium of unvarnished news.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
A mocking title for the 'protocol language' imagined by some of the logical positivists, in "Word and Object (1960), section 1

„Set theory in sheep's clothing.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Referring to Second-order logic, in Philosophy of Logic (1970) <!-- , Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. -->

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„Possibly, but my concern is that there not be more things in my philosophy than are in heaven and earth.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Response to being quoted William Shakespeare's statement from Hamlet: "There are more things in heaven and earth… than are dreamt of in your philosophy." As quoted in ‪When God is Gone Everything Is Holy: The Making Of A Religious Naturalist‬ (2008) by ‪Chet Raymo‬

„Creatures inveterately wrong in their inductions have a pathetic but praiseworthy tendency to die before reproducing their kind.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
"Natural Kinds", in Ontological Relativity and Other Essays (1969), p. 126; originally written for a festschrift for Carl Gustav Hempel, this appears in a context explaining why induction tends to work in practice, despite theoretical objections. The hyphen in "praise-worthy" is ambiguous, since it falls on a line break in the source.

„"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation" yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.“

— Willard van Orman Quine
Quine's paradox, in "The Ways of Paradox" in "The Ways of Paradox and other Essays" (1976)

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