Hilary Putnam

Hilary Putnam

by Yemima Ben-Menahem
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Cambridge University Press

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Hilary Putnam

This volume appraises the major philosophical contributions of Hilary Putnam (b. 1926) to the theory of meaning, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and mathematics, and moral theory. Concerned not only with the broad spectrum of problems addressed, it also details the transformations and restructuring his positions have undergone over the years. The analysis constitutes a critical introduction to central issues in contemporary philosophy, including quantum logic, realism, functionalism, the "mind as computer" metaphor, and the fact/value dichotomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521813112
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/24/2005
Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Yemima Ben-Menahem; 2. Putnam's 'the meaning of meaning': externalism in historical context Juliet Floyd; 3. The face of perception Charles Travis; 4. Realism, beyond miracles Axel Mueller and Arthur Fine; 5. Putnam on scepticism Yemima Ben-Menahem; 6. The tale of quantum logic Tim Maudlin; 7. Another philosopher looks at quantum mechanics Nancy Cartwright; 8. Structural realism and contextual individualism John Stachel; 9. The rise and fall of machine functionalism Oron Shagrir; 10. The pragmatic turn: the entanglement of fact and value Richard J. Bernstein.

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