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Reason, Truth and History

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Hilary Putnam deals in this book with some of the most fundamental persistent problems in philosophy: the nature of truth, knowledge and rationality. His aim is to break down the fixed categories of thought which have always appeared to define and constrain the permissible solutions to these problems.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 31st 1981 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1981)
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Hamed Ghadiri
اگر کسی بخواهد دورهی «رئالیسم درونی» پاتنم را بخواند، باید اول سراغ این کتاب بیاید. قبل از این کتاب، پاتنم دو مقاله دارد که در آنها به شکل تکنیکال استدلال مدلتئوریکش را توضیح داده که البته در اینجا هم تکرارشان کرده است.

کتاب پروژهی هیجانانگیزی را دنبال میکند. آنگونه که در مقدمه نوشته است، میخواهد جایی میان دو اردوگاه اندیشه بیابد: اردوگاههایی که یکیشان به غیرتاریخی بودن عقلانیت و اصول فراتاریخی ِ آن اعتقاد دارند و اصطلاحا میتوانند «ارغنون»ی برای همهی دوران بنویسند؛ و دیگری که معتقد است عقلانیت با
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب يحمل الكثير من اتباع لفلسفه الشك خصوصا في الروايات الاولي، وبعد ذلك مجرد اطلالات مثل وضوح الشيء في وقت معين عن مرور الزمن عليه واستعان بالفرق عن وضع التقدم في القرن التاسع عشر والقرن العشرين وفكرة اليقين عن وجوده في القرن التاسع عشر وملاحظته الفجه عن ملاحظته بعدها بقرن، ونشأه العلم الوضعي.
ان الفلسفه التقنيه تعتمد اعتمادا كليا علي الولوج الي العقل الباطن ، الخبرات الشخصيه والقاء الكلمات التي تختبر مدي صياغتها في العقل حتي ان بعض الفقرات قد تشعر انها تتطرق الي علم الدلاله ، حيث ان كل دلاله
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to punish themselves
This book made me want to claw my eyes out. I was really excited about it at first because he discusses the philosophy of language, which is incredibly interesting. Then he talks about being a brain in a vat, and who doesn't want to consider that? It was downhill from there, though. Exactly how downhill I can't honestly say because I did not finish the book. I was faced with the following choice: 1)continue living my life with my sanity intact and preserving at least a tiny bit of assurance that ...more
Reason, Truth, and History is a short, dense book rife with ideas, some of which are mind-blowing, others of which seem rather suspect.

First and probably foremost, I'm impressed by the man's embrace of pragmatism and rejection of the scientism and so-called "realism" that dominates so much of the philosophical discourse, especially in the present American intellectual landscape.

However, I am suspicious of some of his analytical techniques. I'm afraid I find most of Putnam's thought experiments t
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
This has got to be one of the best books putnam has written. The arguments are well made and accompanied by punctual and entertaining intuition pumps. I found the best about it though is how it attempts at least to discuss issues in such away that distances away from the notorious analytical/continental breakdown. Also definitely recommended for general audience to get their feet wet in philosophy.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This book has some fascinating philosophical ideas in it. I think it should be a must read for anyone studying philosophy. While I may not agree with everything He has written, Putnam does a good job at staying generally clear. Over all a good book.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Damn you Hilary Putnam for giving me an appetite for metaphysics! By the way...why only 4 stars? Since you asked: because of loss of sleep, tormented thoughts, the copious hours I spent trying to figure this book out (thank you Chris!). And, I am still trying to figure it out. Word to the wise, read to the end! The last few chapters are a pleasant surprise if you can get past the first 6. But then the first 6 are so worth while at the same time. This is a mind bender for sure, but very accessibl ...more
David Joseph
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Slow and steady feels a certain way. We will notice ourselves building a language to discuss it. Something like that?

I dunno. Sorta Neo-Kantian.

I continue to find his analogies painful.

Bummer, because I think he does a terrific job reorganizing and confronting skeptical observations and problematics.

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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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