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Description - Reading Putnam by Maria Baghramian

Hilary Putnam is one of the world's leading philosophers. His highly original and often provocative ideas have set the agenda for a variety of debates in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. His now famous philosophical thought experiments, such as the 'Twin earth' and 'the brains in the vat' have become part of the established canon in philosophy and cognitive science.

Reading Putnam is an outstanding overview and assessment of Hilary Putnam's work by a team of international contributors, and includes replies by Putnam himself. Divided into clear sections, it contains chapters on key aspects of Putnam's large body of writing, including:

  • Scientific realism and the changes that Putnam's thought has undergone on this topic

  • analyticity and ontology, including the important interconnections between the views of Putnam and Quine

  • Putnam's arguments concerning externalist views of meaning and reference, questions of conceptual relativity, and his preoccupation with ethics through a denial of the fact-value dichotomy

  • Putnam's developing views on perception.

Offering an excellent survey of Putnam's work, Reading Putnam is essential for those studying philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, as well as for anyone interested in contemporary philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415530071
ISBN-10: 0415530075
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maria Baghramian

Hilary Putnam is Cogan University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, USA. He is the author of eighteen books and numerous articles. His work has been instrumental in furthering research in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and mathematics. Maria Baghramian is currently the Head of School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland and the editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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