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Mathematics, Matter and Method (Philosophical Papers, Vol. 1)
Professor Hilary Putnam has been one of the most influential and sharply original of recent American philosophers in a whole range of fields. His most important published work is collected here, together with several new and substantial studies, in two volumes. The first deals with the philosophy of mathematics and of science and the nature of philosophical and scientific ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published April 30th 1979 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1975)
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The first volume of Putnam's Philosophical Papers is often overlooked or even neglected. This is a shame, as in this papers Putnam is a hardcore realist who has lots of things to say. Indeed, trying to understand why this 'realist' Putnam lately endorsed a form of 'internal realism' (which, for many, is no realism at all) would be extremely interesting.
Hilary Whitehall Putnam was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist who was a central figure in analytic philosophy from the 1960s until his death, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science. He was known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as to those ...moreMore about Hilary Putnam...