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W. V. Quine

Age: 92

Harvard philosopher who is considered one of the most influential of the 20th century. Quine was best known for his studies on language and mathematical logic. His theory of truth and knowledge was based on the premise that one can only understand the world empirically, through direct experience. Quine's seminal essay, “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” was published in 1951.

Died: Boston, Dec. 25, 2000

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