The Life and Works of Willard Van Orman QuineJune 28, 2021
Willard Van Orman Quine was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1908.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1930. During this period, he became interested in the philosophy of mathematics. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University in 1932. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Whitehead’s and Russell’s Principia Mathematica. He was in Europe in 1932-1933. During this period, he had the opportunity to meet Carnap. Between 1933 and 1936, he conducted studies on logic and set theory at Harvard.
He continued his academic studies as a faculty member at Harvard from 1936 to 1978. He published Mathematical Logic in 1940. He served in the US Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. In 1953, he published From a Logical Point of View, in which his article was titled “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”. Until 1995, many articles and books were published. He died in Boston in 2000.
Quine carried out studies in logic, philosophy of mathematics and theoretical philosophy in general. He is known for his criticisms of logical positivism and empiricism. Through these criticisms, he became the pioneer of a holistic and naturalist understanding of philosophy, in which the border between philosophy and the branches of science disappeared.