Willard Van Orman Quine

1908 - 2000

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Willard Van Orman Quine (; known to his friends as "Van"; June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, recognized as "one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century". He served as the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard University from 1956 to 1978. Quine was a teacher of logic and set theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willard Van Orman Quine has received more than 1,118,129 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Willard Van Orman Quine is the 479th most popular philosopher (down from 458th in 2019), the 1,472nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,479th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Philosopher.

Willard van Orman Quine is most famous for his work in philosophy of language and philosophy of mathematics. He proposed a version of the indeterminacy of translation thesis, which holds that there is no fact of the matter as to which language is the correct translation of another language.

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Among philosophers, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 479 out of 1,267Before him are P. D. Ouspensky, Ernst Troeltsch, Valentinus, Aristo of Chios, Jyotirao Phule, and Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri. After him are Arete of Cyrene, Yan Hui, Madhvacharya, Agrippa the Skeptic, Yi Hwang, and Norberto Bobbio.

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Among people born in 1908, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 64Before him are Mercè Rodoreda, Amintore Fanfani, Valentin Glushko, Martha Gellhorn, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Carlos Arias Navarro. After him are Lionel Stander, Henri, Count of Paris, Don Ameche, Maria Prymachenko, Edward Dmytryk, and André Martinet. Among people deceased in 2000, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 39Before him are Rudolf Kirchschläger, John Gielgud, Richard Farnsworth, Lila Kedrova, Arkan, and Takashi Kano. After him are Carlo M. Cipolla, Merton Miller, Akira Nozawa, Leonid Rogozov, A. E. van Vogt, and Frederick Herzberg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 1,472 out of 20,380Before him are Tom Skerritt (1933), Bubba Smith (1945), Dennis Quaid (1954), Joseph Cotten (1905), James Patterson (1947), and Rose Kennedy (1890). After him are Paul Stanley (1952), David Gross (1941), Barry Levinson (1942), Tom Ford (1961), Irving Stone (1903), and Margaret Hamilton (1936).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 13Before him are John Searle (1932), Hilary Putnam (1926), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Nelson Goodman (1906), Martha Nussbaum (1947), and Daniel Dennett (1942). After him are Murray Bookchin (1921), Saul Kripke (1940), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Tom Regan (1938), Arthur Danto (1924), and Charles W. Morris (1903).