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Putnam, Hilary

Works: 313 works in 1,109 publications in 10 languages and 33,576 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Dedicatee, Honoree, Adapter, Commentator
Classifications: P106, 401
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Most widely held works by Hilary Putnam
Philosophy of mathematics; selected readings by Paul Benacerraf( Book )

59 editions published between 1964 and 2004 in English and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reason, truth, and history by Hilary Putnam( Book )

87 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Renewing philosophy by Hilary Putnam( Book )

50 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Viewed by philosophers as prescientific and primitive, an unlikely survivor from the age of superstition. In luminous pages on Wittgenstein, he refutes this view and shows how the philosopher's frequently misunderstood forays into religious discourse actually open up philosophy to a broad range of practical, moral, and political issues. In closing, Putnam considers Dewey, who occupies a middle ground between metaphysics and skepticism, and whose broadly epistemological
On Noam Chomsky; critical essays by Gilbert Harman( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men of ideas by Bryan Magee( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen dialogues drawn from the highly acclaimed BBC series review the tenets and theories of moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science
Realism with a human face by Hilary Putnam( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time has come to reform philosophy, says Hilary Putnam, one of America's great philosophers. He calls upon philosophers to attend to the gap between the present condition of their subject and the human aspirations that philosophy should and once did claim to represent. Putnam's goal is to embed philosophy in social life. The first part of this book is dedicated to metaphysical questions. Putnam rejects the contemporary metaphysics that insists on describing both the mind and the world from a God's-eye view. In its place he argues for pluralism, for a philosophy that is not a closed systematic method but a human practice connected to real life. Philosophy has a task, to be sure, but it is not to provide an inventory of the basic furniture of the universe or to separate reality in itself from our own projections. Putnam makes it clear that science is not in the business of describing a ready-made world, and philosophy should not be in that business either. The author moves on to show that the larger human context in which science matters is a world of values animated by ethics and aesthetic judgments. No adequate philosophy should try to explain away ethical facts. The dimension of history is added in the third part of the book. Here Putnam takes up a set of American philosophers, some firmly within and others outside the canon of analytic philosophy, such as William James and C.S. Peirce, and he explores the pragmatist contribution to philosophy from James to Quine and Goodman. This book connects issues in metaphysics with cultural and literary issues and argues that the collapse of philosophical realism does not entail a fall into the abyss of relativism and postmodern skepticism. It is aimed primarily at philosophers but should appeal to a wide range of humanists and social scientists. --taken from®
The many faces of realism by Hilary Putnam( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of logic by Hilary Putnam( Book )

40 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The collapse of the fact/value dichotomy and other essays by Hilary Putnam( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If philosophy has any business in the world, it is the clarification of our thinking and the clearing away of ideas that cloud the mind. In this book, one of the world's pre-eminent philosophers takes issue with an idea that has found an all-too-prominent place in popular culture and philosophical thought: the idea that while factual claims can be rationally established or refuted, claims about value are wholly subjective, not capable of being rationally argued for or against. Although it is on occasion important and useful to distinguish between factual claims and value judgments, the distinction becomes, Hilary Putnam argues, positively harmful when identified with a dichotomy between the objective and the purely "subjective."" "Putnam explores the arguments that led so much of the analytic philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology to become openly hostile to the idea that talk of value and human flourishing can be right or wrong, rational or irrational; and by which, following philosophy, social sciences such as economics have fallen victim to the bankrupt metaphysics of logical positivism. Tracing the problem back to Hume's conception of a "matter of fact" as well as to Kant's distinction between "analytic" and "synthetic" judgments, Putnam identifies a path forward in the work of Amartya Sen. Lively, concise, and wise, his book prepares the way for a renewed mutual fruition of philosophy and the social sciences."--Jacket
Ethics without ontology by Hilary Putnam( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hilary Putnam traces the ways in which ethical problems arise in a historical context. 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 thus is deeply misguided."--Jacket
Words and life by Hilary Putnam( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hilary Putnam has been convinced for some time that the present situation in philosophy calls for revitalization and renewal; in this latest book he shows us what shape he would like that renewal to take. Words and Life offers a sweeping account of the sources of several of the central problems of philosophy, past and present, and of why some of those problems are not going to go away. As the first four part titles in the volume - "The Return of Aristotle," "The Legacy of Logical Positivism," "The Inheritance of Pragmatism," and "Essays after Wittgenstein"--Suggest, many of the essays are concerned with tracing the recent, and the not so recent, history of these problems. The goal is to bring out what is coercive and arbitrary about some of our present ways of posing the problems and what is of continuing interest in certain past approaches to them. Various supposedly timeless philosophical problems appear, on closer inspection, to change with altered historical circumstances, while there turns out to be much of permanent value in Aristotle's, Peirce's, Dewey's, and Reichenbach's work on some of the problems that continue to exercise us. A unifying theme of the volume as a whole is that reductionism, scientism, and old-style disenchanted naturalism tend to be obstacles to philosophical progress. The titles of the final three parts of the volume - "Truth and Reference," "Mind and Language," and "The Diversity of the Sciences"--indicate that the sweep of the problems considered here comprehends all the fundamental areas of contemporary analytic philosophy. Rich in detail, the book is also grand in scope, allowing us to trace the ongoing intellectual evolution of one of the most significant philosophers of the century
The threefold cord : mind, body, and world by Hilary Putnam( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 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."--Jacket
Pragmatism : an open question by Hilary Putnam( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 question whether it is possible to find an alternative to corrosive moral scepticism, on the one hand, and to moral authoritarianism, on the other. -- Back cover
Jewish philosophy as a guide to life : Rosenzweig, Buber, Lévinas, Wittgenstein by Hilary Putnam( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Distinguished philosopher Hilary Putnam, who is also a practicing Jew, questions the thought of three major Jewish philosophers of the twentieth 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."--book jacket
The philosophy of language by John R Searle( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is meaning? How is linguistic communication possible? What is the nature of language? What is the relationship between language and the world? How do metaphors work? The Philosophy of Language, Sixth Edition, is an excellent introduction to such fundamental questions. Incorporating insights from new coeditor David Sosa, the sixth edition collects forty-eight of the most important articles in the field, making it the most up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the subject. Revised to address changing trends and contemporary developments, the sixth edition features eighteen new articles, including influential work by Kent Bach, Paul Boghossian, M.A.E. Dummett, Delia Graff Fara, Hartry Field, H.P. Grice and P.F. Strawson, Carl G. Hempel, Saul Kripke, Benson Mates, Hilary Putnam, Diana Raffman, Nathan Salmon, Stephen Schiffer, John R. Searle, Roy Sorenson, David Sosa, Dennis Stampe, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. A general introduction and introductions to each section give students background to the issues and explain the connections between them. A bibliography of suggested further reading follows each section. --from
Philosophy in an age of science : physics, mathematics, and skepticism by Hilary Putnam( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selection of thirty six articles by Putnam, mostly written after 2000
Philosophical papers by Hilary Putnam( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the sick and the healthy : a view of world, man, and God by Franz Rosenzweig( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Franz Rosenzweig, one of the century's great Jewish thinkers, wrote his gem of a "little 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. Readers with an interest in Jewish philosophy, twentieth-century philosophy, or the philosophy of religion will find Rosenzweig's "little book" a treasure."--Jacket
Pursuits of reason : essays in honor of Stanley Cavell( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methodology, epistemology, and philosophy of science : essays in honour of Wolfgang Stegmüller on the occasion of his 60th birthday, June 3rd, 1983 by Carl G Hempel( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in English and Multiple languages and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Hilari Patnam

Hilarijs Patnems

Hilarius Putnam

Hilary Putnam Amerikaans wiskundige

Hilary Putnam amerikai filozófus, matematikus

Hilary Putnam amerykański filozof

Hilary Putnam filosofo e matematico statunitense

Hilary Putnam philosophe américain

Hilary Putnam US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Patnėm, Chilari

Putnam , H.

Putnam, H. 1926-

Putnam, H. 1926-2016

Putnam, H. (Hilary)

Putnam, Hilary

Putnam, Hilary, 1926-

Putnam, Hilary 1927-

Putnam, Hilary W.

Putnam , Hilary Whitehall

Putnam, Hilary Whitehall 1926-

Putnam Hilary Whitehall 1926-2016

Putnam , Khilary

Putnam, Khilary 1926-

Putnam, Khilary 1926-2016

Патнем, Хилари 1926-

Патнэм, Хилари 1926-

Патнэм, Хилари Уайтхолл

Хилари Патнам

Хилари Патнам американски филозоф

Хилари Пътнам

Хіларі Патнем

הילארי פטנאם

פטנאם, הילרי 1926-

פטנם, הילרי 1926-

פטנם, הילרי, 1926-2016

هيلاري پوتنام

هیلاری پاتنم ریاضی‌دان و فیلسوف آمریکایی

हिलरी पट्नम

퍼트남, 힐러리

힐러리 퍼트넘

パットナム, H.

パットナム, ヒラリー

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Reason, truth, and historyRenewing philosophyThe many faces of realismPhilosophy of logicThe collapse of the fact/value dichotomy and other essaysEthics without ontologyWords and lifeThe threefold cord : mind, body, and world