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Description - Theories and Things by W. V. Quine

Here are the most recent writings, some of them unpublished, of the preeminent philosopher of our time. Philosophical reflections on language are brought to bear upon metaphysical and epistemological questions such as these: What does it mean to assume objects, concrete and abstract? How do such assumptions serve science? What is the empirical content of a scientific theory? Further essays deal with meaning, moral values, analytical philosophy and its history, metaphor, the nature of mathematics; several are concerned with logic; and there are essays on individual philosophers. The volume concludes with some general reflections on the contemporary scene and two playful pieces on the "Times Atlas" and H. L. Mencken. Quine is always, whatever his subject, an elegant writer, witty, precise, and forceful. Admirers of his earlier books will welcome this new volume.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674879263
ISBN-10: 0674879260
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 137mm x 17mm)
Pages: 226
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1981
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - W. V. Quine

W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press.

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