The Twin Earth Chronicles: Twenty Years of Reflection on Hilary Putnam's the ''Meaning of Meaning'' / Edition 1

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In 1975 Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam published a paper called "The Meaning of 'Meaning'," in which he challenged orthodox views in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. The article's Twin Earth thought experiment was simple, but the philosophical conclusions deriving from it - about the nature of meaning and reference, of thoughts, of knowledge - were profound. The philosophical community responded quickly, in full force, and from every possible direction, and has kept it up ever since. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Putnam's classic paper, the editors have collected the very best of the writing on the subject of Twin Earth by the leading contemporary philosophers. In addition to reprinting essays by such well-known contemporary philosophers as John Searle, Daniel Dennett, and others, this volume reprints Putnam's original essay and includes a completely new Introduction by Putnam, written expressly for this collection. This volume will acquaint novice philosophers with one of the most important debates in twentieth-century philosophy, and will provide seasoned readers with a useful compendium of writing on essential questions in the philosophies of language and mind.
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An anthology of 21 essays written over a 20 year period in response to Hilary Putnam's conceit of a "twin earth" where everything is the same, but the corresponding concepts differ in their significance. For example, H2O is XYZ on twin earth, and the question, of course, is: Does it mean the same thing? The essays, with introductions by the editors, address this and other philosophical questions of language and reality, touching on themes of mental content and causation, and self-knowledge. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563248740
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/31/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "The Meaning of 'Meaning'" (1975) 3
2 "Putnam's Theory on the Reference of Substance Terms" (1976) 60
3 "Natural Kinds" (1977) 69
4 "Putnam on Artifacts" (1978) 81
5 From Intentionality (1983): "Are Meanings in the Head?" 89
6 "Natural-Kind Terms" (1983) 98
7 From "Individualism and the Mental" (1979) 125
8 "Other Bodies" (1982) 142
9 From "Beyond Belief" (1982): "Notional Attitudes" 161
10 "Social Content and Psychological Content" (1985) 180
11 From Psychosemantics (1987): "Individualism and Supervenience" 192
12 "Functionalism and Broad Content" (1988) 219
13 "On What's in the Head" (1989) 238
14 From Mental Content (1989): "Twin Earth and Teleology" 261
15 "A Modal Argument for Narrow Content" (1991) 264
16 "All the Difference in the World" (1991) 284
17 "Putnam on Mind and Meaning" (1992) 305
18 "Knowing One's Own Mind" (1987) 323
19 "Individualism and Self-Knowledge" (1988) 342
20 "Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access" (1991) 355
21 "Can Externalism Be Reconciled with Self-Knowledge?" (1992) 362
Bibliography 395
Index 403
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