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The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body, and World

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What is the relationship between our perceptions and reality? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? These are questions with which philosophers have grappled for centuries, and they are topics of considerable contemporary debate as well. Hilary Putnam has approached the divisions between perception and reality and between mind and body with great creativi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 5th 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Alex Lee
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although like other analytic philosophers, Putnam seeks to explain in plain language, there is still much in this book that would be a challenge to most any reader. Beyond the questions of mind and body that Putnam explores there is an emotional content to this book as well.

Putnam does thoroughly seek explanations for the relation between mind, body and world debunking and weeding out many of the assumptions that analytic philosophers have about the nature of mind and body, qualia, and so on. He
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Shane Wagoner
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
An innovative approach to the mind body problem that utilizes the insights and benefits of Wittgenstein without attempting to reduce the problem to a mere language game. Unfortunately, unnecessary tangents and jargon, as well as some significant oversimplifying regarding certain philosophical positions (see Fodor's review) make this book less grand than it may have otherwise been.
Michael
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Putnam sides with J.L. Austin and John McDowell on many contemporary issues in philosophy of mind and language. He pieces together their ideas into a theory that the world does not come equipped with pre-structured metaphysical realities but that structure must be imposed on it by the human mind and its conceptual schemes. Our every day interactions with real world objects confirm the truth values of what we believe to exist. In other words, the world we live in provides sense to the intentional ...more
William
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book just linked too may good parts of various literature, Ecclesiasties, Grapes of Wrath, ... on and on.
Zedder
Mar 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Fodor's review of this book is right on.
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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 ...more
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