Hilary Putnam: Realism, Reason and the Uses of Uncertainty

Hilary Putnam: Realism, Reason and the Uses of Uncertainty

by Christopher Norris

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Hilary Putnam: Realism, Reason and the Uses of Uncertainty by Christopher Norris

In this detailed study, Christopher Norris defends the kinds of arguments advanced by the early realist, Hilary Putnam. Norris makes a point of placing Putnam's work in a wider philosophical context, and relating it to various current debates in epistemology and philosophy of science. Much like Putnam, Norris is willing to take full account of opposed viewpoints while maintaining a vigorously argued commitment to the values of debate and enquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719061967
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Introduction1
1Realism, scepticism and naturalism: stages on the Putnam road8
2Realism, reference and truth: the problem with quantum mechanics40
3Squaring with Wittgenstein: versions of 'realism' in Putnam's later philosophy71
4Can realism be naturalised? Putnam on sense, commonsense and the senses104
5How many positrons make five? science, scepticism and the 'ready-made world'135
6The 'many faces' of realism: Reference, meaning and theory-change167
7Is logic revisable? Putnam, Quine and 'contextual apriority'192
8The Platonist fix: why 'nothing works' (according to Putnam) in philosophy of mathematics218
9Putnam, Peano and the malin genie: could we possibly be wrong about elementary number-theory?246
Afterword273
Index of Names274

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