Hilary Putnam


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Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born July 31, 1926) is an American philosopher, mathematician and computer scientist, who has been a central figure in analytic philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science. He is known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as ... more »

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  • ''... causes (pains) are not logical constructions out of their effects (behaviour).''
    Hilary Putnam (b. 1926), U.S. professor of philosophy (worked mainly at Harvard). "Brains and Behaviour," Blackwell (1965), p. 7, Analytical Philosoph...
  • ''No sane person should believe that something is 'subjective' merely because it cannot be settled beyond controversy.''
    Hilary Putnam (b. 1926), U.S. philosopher. The Many Faces of Realism, p. 71 (1987).
  • ''Cut the pie any way you like, "meanings" just ain't in the head!''
    Hilary Putnam (b. 1926), U.S. professor of philosophy; worked mainly at Harvard. Cambridge University Press (1975). "The Meaning of 'Meaning'," Mind (...
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