BOSTON (AP) - Willard Van Orman Quine, whose theories and
writings earned him his own word in the Oxford English Dictionary, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 92.
Quine was known for his study of mathematical logic, set
theory and the philosophy of language. His published works include ``Word and Object,'' written in 1960, and a 1990 collection of his essays, ``Quiddities.''
The word, ``Quinean,'' appears in the 1987 supplement to the
Oxford English Dictionary. It means ``Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Willard Van Orman Quine or his theories.''
Quine was the Edgar Pierce Professor Emeritus at Harvard,
where he had taught since 1936.
Born June 25, 1908, in Akron, Ohio, Quine graduated from
Oberlin College in 1930 and received a doctorate from Harvard in 1932. He started teaching philosophy at Harvard in 1936 and never left, except for four years in the U.S.
Navy during World War II.
He wrote his books on a 1927 Remington typewriter, which he
modified by replacing characters he didn't use with mathematical fractions.
Once asked why he didn't need the question mark on his
typewriter, he replied ``Well, you see, I deal in certainties.''