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". From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continually affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willard Van Orman Quine has received more than 794,373 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Willard Van Orman Quine is the 406th most popular philosopher (up from 445th in 2019), the 1,184th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,333rd in 2019) and the 11th 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 406 out of 1,089Before him are Pierre d'Ailly, Arnobius, Bernard of Chartres, Adolf von Harnack, Bartolus de Saxoferrato, and Ban Zhao. After him are Stilpo, Leszek Kołakowski, Carl Gustav Hempel, Hipparchia of Maroneia, Charles Taylor, and Nelson Goodman.

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Among people born in 1908, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 51Before him are Alfred Hershey, Rex Harrison, Saizo Saito, Chivu Stoica, Stéphane Grappelli, and Mercè Rodoreda. After him are Józef Gosławski, Robert Merle, Lita Grey, Victor Ambartsumian, Virginia Cherrill, and Bernard Lee. Among people deceased in 2000, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 39Before him are Ofra Haza, John Gielgud, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Frederick Herzberg, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, and Lila Kedrova. After him are Saburō Sakai, Michael Smith, Heinz Harmel, Rudolf Kirchschläger, Herta Bothe, and Leonid Rogozov.

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Among people born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 1,184 out of 15,968Before him are Carl Woese (1928), Shia LaBeouf (1986), Phil Spector (1939), Donna Reed (1921), George Jung (1942), and Paul Lauterbur (1929). After him are Richard Donner (1930), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Mario Lanza (1921), Edith Wharton (1862), J. Allen Hynek (1910), and Jim Belushi (1954).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 11Before him are Anne Sullivan (1866), Hilary Putnam (1926), Judith Butler (1956), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Richard Rorty (1931), and Daniel Dennett (1942). After him are Nelson Goodman (1906), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Jonathan Edwards (1703), Murray Bookchin (1921), Mary Parker Follett (1868), and Martha Nussbaum (1947).