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Meaning and the Moral Sciences (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Meaning and the Moral Sciences (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam
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First published in 1978, this reissue presents a seminal philosophical work by professor Putnam, in which he puts forward a conception of knowledge which makes ethics, practical knowledge and non-mathematic parts of the social sciences just as much parts of 'knowledge' as the sciences themselves. He also rejects the idea that knowledge can be demarcated from non-knowledge by the fact that the former alone adheres to 'the scientific method'.

The first part of the book consists of Professor Putnam's John Locke lectures, delivered at the University of Oxford in 1976, offering a detailed examination of a 'physicalist' theory of reference against a background of the works of Tarski, Carnap, Popper, Hempel and Kant. The analysis then extends to notions of truth, the character of linguistic enquiry and social scientific enquiry in general, interconnecting with the great metaphysical problem of realism, the nature of language and reference, and the character of ourselves.

Action in Perception (Paperback, New Ed): Hilary Putnam Action in Perception (Paperback, New Ed)
Hilary Putnam
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"Perception is not something that happens to us, or in us," writes Alva Noe. "It is something we do." In Action in Perception, Noe argues that perception and perceptual consciousness depend on capacities for action and thought -- that perception is a kind of thoughtful activity. Touch, not vision, should be our model for perception. Perception is not a process in the brain, but a kind of skillful activity of the body as a whole. We enact our perceptual experience.To perceive, according to this enactive approach to perception, is not merely to have sensations; it is to have sensations that we understand. In Action in Perception, Noe investigates the forms this understanding can take. He begins by arguing, on both phenomenological and empirical grounds, that the content of perception is not like the content of a picture; the world is not given to consciousness all at once but is gained gradually by active inquiry and exploration. Noe then argues that perceptual experience acquires content thanks to our possession and exercise of practical bodily knowledge, and examines, among other topics, the problems posed by spatial content and the experience of color. He considers the perspectival aspect of the representational content of experience and assesses the place of thought and understanding in experience. Finally, he explores the implications of the enactive approach for our understanding of the neuroscience of perception."

Understanding the Sick and the Healthy - A View of World, Man, and God, With a New Introduction by Hilary Putnam (Paperback):... Understanding the Sick and the Healthy - A View of World, Man, and God, With a New Introduction by Hilary Putnam (Paperback)
Franz Rosenzweig; Translated by Nahum N. Glatzer; Introduction by Nahum N. Glatzer, Hilary Putnam
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Franz Rosenzweig, one of the century's great Jewish thinkers, wrote his gem of a book in 1921 as a more accessible precis of his famous "Star of Redemption," An elegant introduction to Rosenzweig's "new thinking," "Understanding the Sick and the Healthy" was written for a lay audience and takes the form of an ironic narrative about convalescence. With superb simplicity and beauty, it puts forth an important critique of the nineteenth-century German Idealist philosophical tradition and expresses a powerful vision of Jewish religion. Harvard's Hilary Putnam provides a new introduction to this classic work for a contemporary audience.

"Today, more than three-quarters of a century after it was written, the critique of philosophy in this book is what makes it of such great interest. Critique of philosophy has been a central theme of twentieth-century philosophy, and many philosophers have attacked some of the targets that Rosenzweig attacked in his little book. Yet this early attack by a profound religious thinker is far more powerful and far more interesting than most." --From the new introduction by Hilary Putnam

Philosophy of Logic (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Philosophy of Logic (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam
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First published in 1971, Professor Putnam's essay concerns itself with the ontological problem in the philosophy of logic and mathematics - that is, the issue of whether the abstract entities spoken of in logic and mathematics really exist. He also deals with the question of whether or not reference to these abstract entities is really indispensible in logic and whether it is necessary in physical science in general.

Philosophy in an Age of Science - Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Philosophy in an Age of Science - Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam; Edited by Mario De Caro, David Macarthur
R1,246 R1,124 Discovery Miles 11 240 Save R122 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Hilary Putnam's unceasing self-criticism has led to the frequent changes of mind he is famous for, but his thinking is also marked by considerable continuity. A simultaneous interest in science and ethics-unusual in the current climate of contention-has long characterized his thought. In Philosophy in an Age of Science, Putnam collects his papers for publication-his first volume in almost two decades. Mario De Caro and David Macarthur's introduction identifies central themes to help the reader negotiate between Putnam past and Putnam present: his critique of logical positivism; his enduring aspiration to be realist about rational normativity; his anti-essentialism about a range of central philosophical notions; his reconciliation of the scientific worldview and the humanistic tradition; and his movement from reductive scientific naturalism to liberal naturalism. Putnam returns here to some of his first enthusiasms in philosophy, such as logic, mathematics, and quantum mechanics. The reader is given a glimpse, too, of ideas currently in development on the subject of perception. Putnam's work, contributing to a broad range of philosophical inquiry, has been said to represent a "history of recent philosophy in outline." Here it also delineates a possible future.

Meaning and the Moral Sciences (Paperback): Hilary Putnam Meaning and the Moral Sciences (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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First published in 1978, this reissue presents a seminal philosophical work by professor Putnam, in which he puts forward a conception of knowledge which makes ethics, practical knowledge and non-mathematic parts of the social sciences just as much parts of 'knowledge' as the sciences themselves. He also rejects the idea that knowledge can be demarcated from non-knowledge by the fact that the former alone adheres to 'the scientific method'. The first part of the book consists of Professor Putnam's John Locke lectures, delivered at the University of Oxford in 1976, offering a detailed examination of a 'physicalist' theory of reference against a background of the works of Tarski, Carnap, Popper, Hempel and Kant. The analysis then extends to notions of truth, the character of linguistic enquiry and social scientific enquiry in general, interconnecting with the great metaphysical problem of realism, the nature of language and reference, and the character of ourselves.

Ethics without Ontology (Paperback, Revised): Hilary Putnam Ethics without Ontology (Paperback, Revised)
Hilary Putnam
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In this brief book one of the most distinguished living American philosophers takes up the question of whether ethical judgments can properly be considered objective--a question that has vexed philosophers over the past century. Looking at the efforts of philosophers from the Enlightenment through the twentieth century, Putnam traces the ways in which ethical problems arise in a historical context. Hilary 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 judgments--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.

The Threefold Cord - Mind, Body, and World (Paperback, New Ed): Hilary Putnam The Threefold Cord - Mind, Body, and World (Paperback, New Ed)
Hilary Putnam
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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 creativity throughout his career. Now, in "The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body, and World, " he expounds upon these issues, elucidating both the strengths and weaknesses of current schools of thought. With his characteristic wit and acuity, Putnam offers refreshing solutions to some of philosophy's most vexing problems.

Putnam first examines the problem of realism: is objective truth possible? He acknowledges the deep impasse between empirical and idealist approaches to this question, critiquing them both, however, by highlighting the false assumption they share, that we cannot perceive the world directly. Drawing on the work of J. L. Austin and William James, Putnam develops a subtle and creative alternative, which he calls "natural realism."

The second part of the book explores the mind-body question: is the mind independent of our interactions with the physical world? Again, Putnam critically assesses two sharply antithetical contemporary approaches and finds them both lacking. "The Threefold Cord" shows the entire mind-body debate to be miscast and draws on the later work of Wittgenstein, once more advancing original views on perception and thought and their relationship with both the body and the external world. Finally, Putnam takes up two related problems -- the role of causality in human behavior and whether or not thoughts and sensations have an "existence" all their own.

With Putnam's lucid prose and insightful examples, "The Threefold Cord" loosens the Gordian knots into which philosophy has bound itself over the issue of epistemology.

Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam; Edited by Mario De Caro
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Hilary Putnam's philosophical oeuvre has been called "the history of recent philosophy in outline"-an intellectual achievement that has shaped disciplinary fields from epistemology to ethics, metaphysics to the philosophy of physics, the philosophy of mathematics to the philosophy of mind. Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity offers new avenues into the thought of one of the most influential minds in contemporary analytic philosophy. The essays collected here cover a range of interconnected topics including naturalism, commonsense and scientific realism, ethics, perception, language and linguistics, and skepticism. Aptly illustrating Putnam's willingness to revisit and revise past arguments, they contain important new insights and freshly illuminate formulations that will be familiar to students of his work: his rejection of the idea that an absolute conception of the world is obtainable; his criticism of a nihilistic view of ethics that claims to be scientifically based; his pathbreaking distinction between sensations and apperceptions; and his use of externalist semantics to invalidate certain forms of skepticism. This volume reflects Putnam's latest thinking on how to articulate a theory of naturalism which acknowledges that normative phenomena form an ineluctable part of human experience, thereby reconciling scientific and humanistic views of the world that have long appeared incompatible.

Philosophy of Logic (Paperback): Hilary Putnam Philosophy of Logic (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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First published in 1971, Professor Putnam's essay concerns itself with the ontological problem in the philosophy of logic and mathematics - that is, the issue of whether the abstract entities spoken of in logic and mathematics really exist. He also deals with the question of whether or not reference to these abstract entities is really indispensible in logic and whether it is necessary in physical science in general.

Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life - Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas, Wittgenstein (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life - Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas, Wittgenstein (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam
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Distinguished philosopher Hilary Putnam, who is also a practicing Jew, questions the thought of three major Jewish philosophers of the 20th century Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas to help him reconcile the philosophical and religious sides of his life. An additional presence in the book is Ludwig Wittgenstein, who, although not a practicing Jew, thought about religion in ways that Putnam juxtaposes to the views of Rosenzweig, Buber, and Levinas. Putnam explains the leading ideas of each of these great thinkers, bringing out what, in his opinion, constitutes the decisive intellectual and spiritual contributions of each of them. Although the religion discussed is Judaism, the depth and originality of these philosophers, as incisively interpreted by Putnam, make their thought nothing less than a guide to life."

Diophantine Sets Over Polynomial Rings (Paperback): Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam Diophantine Sets Over Polynomial Rings (Paperback)
Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam
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Trial and Error Predicates and the Solutions to a Problem of Mostowski's (Paperback): Hilary Putnam Trial and Error Predicates and the Solutions to a Problem of Mostowski's (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Paperback): Hilary Putnam On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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Pragmatism as a Way of Life - The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam, Ruth Anna Putnam Pragmatism as a Way of Life - The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam, Ruth Anna Putnam; Edited by David Macarthur
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Throughout his diverse and highly influential career, Hilary Putnam was famous for changing his mind. As a pragmatist he treated philosophical "positions" as experiments in deliberate living. His aim was not to fix on one position but to attempt to do justice to the depth and complexity of reality. In this new collection, he and Ruth Anna Putnam argue that key elements of the classical pragmatism of William James and John Dewey provide a framework for the most progressive and forward-looking forms of philosophy in contemporary thought. The Putnams present a compelling defense of the radical originality of the philosophical ideas of James and Dewey and their usefulness in confronting the urgent social, political, and moral problems of the twenty-first century.Pragmatism as a Way of Life brings together almost all of the Putnams' pragmatist writings--essays they wrote as individuals and as coauthors. The pragmatism they endorse, though respectful of the sciences, is an open experience-based philosophy of our everyday lives that trenchantly criticizes the fact/value dualism running through contemporary culture. Hilary Putnam argues that all facts are dependent on cognitive values, while Ruth Anna Putnam turns the problem around, illuminating the factual basis of moral principles. Together, they offer a shared vision which, in Hilary's words, "could serve as a manifesto for what the two of us would like philosophy to look like in the twenty-first century and beyond."

Diophantine Sets Over Polynomial Rings (Hardcover): Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam Diophantine Sets Over Polynomial Rings (Hardcover)
Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam
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Trial and Error Predicates and the Solutions to a Problem of Mostowski's (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Trial and Error Predicates and the Solutions to a Problem of Mostowski's (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam
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On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam
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Substitution of the Electric Locomotive for the Steam Locomotive (Paperback): Lewis Buckley Stillwell, Hilary Putnam Substitution of the Electric Locomotive for the Steam Locomotive (Paperback)
Lewis Buckley Stillwell, Hilary Putnam
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Trenza de Tres Cabos, La - La Mente El Cuerpo (English, Spanish, Paperback): Hilary Putnam Trenza de Tres Cabos, La - La Mente El Cuerpo (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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El Pragmatismo (English, Spanish, Paperback): Hilary Putnam El Pragmatismo (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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Philosophy of Mathematics - Selected Readings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Paul Benacerraf, Hilary Putnam Philosophy of Mathematics - Selected Readings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Paul Benacerraf, Hilary Putnam
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Includes several classic essays from the first edition, a representative selection of the most influential work of the past twenty years, a substantial introduction, and an extended bibliography. Originally published by Prentice-Hall in 1964.

Pragmatism - An Open Question (Paperback): Hilary Putnam Pragmatism - An Open Question (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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Hilary Putnam has been at the center of contemporary debates about the nature of the mind and of its access to the world, about language and its relation to reality, and many other metaphysical and epistemological issues. In this book he turns to pragmatism - and confronts the teachings of James, Peirce, Dewey, and Wittgenstein - not solely out of an interest in theoretical questions, but above all to respond to the questions of whether it is possible to find an alternative to corrosive moral skepticism, on the one hand, and to moral authoritarianism on the other.

Kurt Goedel and the Foundations of Mathematics - Horizons of Truth (Paperback): Matthias Baaz, Christos H. Papadimitriou,... Kurt Goedel and the Foundations of Mathematics - Horizons of Truth (Paperback)
Matthias Baaz, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Hilary Putnam, Dana S Scott, Charles L. Harper
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This volume commemorates the life, work and foundational views of Kurt Goedel (1906-78), most famous for his hallmark works on the completeness of first-order logic, the incompleteness of number theory, and the consistency - with the other widely accepted axioms of set theory - of the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum hypothesis. It explores current research, advances and ideas for future directions not only in the foundations of mathematics and logic, but also in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, physics, cosmology, philosophy, theology and the history of science. The discussion is supplemented by personal reflections from several scholars who knew Goedel personally, providing some interesting insights into his life. By putting his ideas and life's work into the context of current thinking and perceptions, this book will extend the impact of Goedel's fundamental work in mathematics, logic, philosophy and other disciplines for future generations of researchers.

On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Paperback): Hilary Putnam On Families of Sets Represented in Theories (Paperback)
Hilary Putnam
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