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Looking at the efforts of philosophers from the Enlightenment through the 20th Century, Hilary Putnam traces the ways in which ethical problems arise in a historical context. Putnam's central concern is ontology - indeed, the very idea of ontology as the division of philosophy concerned with what (ultimately) exists. Reviewing what he deems the disastrous consequences of ontology's influence on analytic philosophy - in particular, the contortions it imposes upon debates about the objective of ethical judgements - Putnam proposes abandoning the very idea of ontology. He argues persuasively that the attempt to provide an ontological explanation of the objectivity of either mathematics or ethics is, in fact, an attempt to provide justifications that are extraneous to mathematics and ethics - and is thus deeply misguided.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674018518
ISBN-10: 0674018516
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hilary Putnam

Hilary Putnam is Cogan University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. He is the author of The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays and Words and Life (both from Harvard), among others.

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