Quotation by Willard Van Orman Quine

The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges. Or, to change the figure, total science is like a field of force whose boundary conditions are experience.
Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908), U.S. philosopher, logician. repr. In From a Logical Point of View (1953). "Two Dogmas of Experience," originally appeared in Philosophical Review (1951).

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