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The collapse of the fact/value dichotomy and other essays

Author: Hilary Putnam
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2002.
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"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  Read more...
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Named Person: Amartya Sen; Amartya Kumar Sen; Amartya Kumar Sen; Amartya Sen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hilary Putnam
ISBN: 0674009053 9780674009059 0674013808 9780674013803
OCLC Number: 49806011
Description: ix, 190 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. Collapse of the fact/value dichotomy --
Empiricist background --
Entanglement of fact and value --
Fact and value in the world of Amartya Sen --
II. Rationality and value --
Sen's "prescriptivist" beginnings --
On the rationality of preferences --
Are values made or discovered? --
Values and norms --
Philosophers of science's evasion of values.
Responsibility: Hilary Putnam.

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schema:reviewBody""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."
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