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Language is a social art.

Language is a social art.

Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump. ---->>>

One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy. ---->>>

Meaning is what essence becomes when it is divorced from the object of reference and wedded to the word. ---->>>

To be is to be the value of a variable. ---->>>

Language is conceived in sin and science is its redemption. ---->>>

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels. ---->>>

The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples. ---->>>

'Ouch' is not independent of social training. One has only to prick a foreigner to appreciate that it is an English word. ---->>>

We do not learn first what to talk about and then what to say about it. ---->>>

Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word. ---->>>

It is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 06-25, 1908
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio
Die: 12-25, 2000
Occupation: Philosopher

Willard Van Orman Quine (; June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as "Van") 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 of philosophy and a teacher of logic and set theory, and finally as a professor emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement (wikipedia)