January 28, 2011 | by Ravi Thakral | Tagged Bertrand Russell, Definite Descriptions, Empty names, Metaphysics, Nonexistent objects, Ontology, Pegasus, Philosophy of Language, Quine, Reference, Universals | Leave a Comment
We invite you to our second meeting of the semester!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Garrison Hall 0.128
This week we are discussing Ontology. We will focus our discussion on a paper by Willard Quine titled “On What There Is.” Quine (1908-2000) was Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is one of the most important Analytic philosophers of the 20th century. He is the author of “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” Word and Object, and Ontological Relativity.
“On What There Is” is considered one of the most important papers of 20th century Analytic philosophy. The paper deals with many intriguing metaphysical questions. We will deal with questions of what exists, nonexistent objects, universals, and Quine’s views regarding these questions.
Ravi Thakral and Will Neer
Co-Presidents, Undergraduate Philosophy Association
A very special thanks to Daniel Boyd for the suggestion!