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The appellation "polymath" is often lightly bestowed, but it can be applied with confidence to the celebrated philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine. Quine's areas of interest are panoramic, as this lively book amply demonstrates.
Moving from A (alphabet) to Z (zero), Quiddities roams through more than eighty topics, each providing a full measure of piquant thought, wordplay, and wisdom, couched in easy and elegant prose--"Quine at his unbuttoned best," in Donald Davidson's words. Philosophy, language, and mathematics are the subjects most fully represented; tides of entries include belief, communication, free will, idiotisms, longitude and latitude, marks, prizes, Latin pronunciation, tolerance, trinity. Even the more technical entries are larded with homely lore, anecdote, and whimsical humor.
Quiddities will be a treat for admirers of Quine and for others who like to think, who care about language, and who enjoy the free play of intellect on topics large and small. For this select audience, it is an ideal book for browsing.
From the Back Cover: '[Quiddities] is infused with deadpan humor that can light up even the most austere subjects... At almost every turn there are cheerful ripples of wordplay... These pieces are distinguished by good sense and, at many points, sardonic wit.' --John Gross, 'New York Times'
Buchbeschreibung Belknap Press, 1987. Buchzustand: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP8179949
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Buchbeschreibung Belknap Press, 1987. Buchzustand: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP96295010
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Buchbeschreibung Belknap Press, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Includes dust jacket. Dust jacket shows minor wear and fading. Pages are clean, text and pictures are intact and unmarred. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0001627832
Buchbeschreibung Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1987. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. Book condition: Good with nudge to spine ends; ink mark to bottom closed page edges; faint specks to top closed page edges; crack to page block (but still tightly bound). Dustjacket: Good with creasing/tiny nicks to edges + corners; fade/vertical crease to spine; uneven fade to panels; price intact. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 008208