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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 1,084,793 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Willard Van Orman Quine is the 458th most popular philosopher (down from 406th in 2019), the 1,479th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,183rd 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 458 out of 1,081Before him are Petrus Ramus, Abul A'la Maududi, Ernst Troeltsch, Phaedo of Elis, Norberto Bobbio, and Adam Ferguson. After him are Nelson Goodman, Pierre Duhem, Dhul-Nun al-Misri, Leo Strauss, George Pachymeres, and John Toland.

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Among people born in 1908, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 59Before him are Bernard Lee, Stéphane Grappelli, Henri, Count of Paris, Chivu Stoica, Lita Grey, and Valentin Glushko. After him are Masaru Ibuka, Giovanni Leone, Virginia Cherrill, Carlos Arias Navarro, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Tameo Ide. Among people deceased in 2000, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 44Before him are Saburō Sakai, Leonid Rogozov, John Harsanyi, Rudolf Kirchschläger, Heinz Harmel, and Michael Smith. After him are Petar Mladenov, Friedrich Gulda, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, Herta Bothe, Takashi Kano, and Jan Karski.

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Among people born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 1,479 out of 18,182Before him are William Morris Davis (1850), Josh Brolin (1968), Edward Snowden (1983), Alan Ladd (1913), Richard Schiff (1955), and Roy O. Disney (1893). After him are Joseph Losey (1909), Nelson Goodman (1906), Dean Koontz (1945), Cybill Shepherd (1950), Martin Balsam (1919), and Lil Wayne (1982).

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Among philosophers born in United States, Willard Van Orman Quine ranks 11Before him are Anne Sullivan (1866), Hilary Putnam (1926), Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Judith Butler (1956), and Ronald Dworkin (1931). After him are Nelson Goodman (1906), Martha Nussbaum (1947), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Tom Regan (1938), Murray Bookchin (1921), and Saul Kripke (1940).