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"No sane person should believe that something is subjective merely because it cannot be settled beyond controversy." -- Hilary Putnam
Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born July 31, 1926) is an American philosopher who has been a central figure in analytic philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. He is known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as to those of others, subjecting each position to rigorous analysis until he exposes its flaws. As a result, he has acquired a reputation for frequently changing his own position. Putnam is currently Cogan University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.

In philosophy of mind, Putnam is known for his argument against the type-identity of mental and physical states based on his hypothesis of the multiple realizability of the mental, and for the concept of functionalism, an influential theory regarding the mind-body problem. In philosophy of language, along with Saul Kripke and others, he developed the causal theory of reference, and formulated an original theory of meaning, inventing the notion of semantic externalism based on a famous thought experiment called Twin Earth.

In philosophy of mathematics, he and his mentor W. V. Quine developed the "Quine-Putnam indispensability thesis," an argument for the reality of mathematical entities, later espousing the view that mathematics is not purely logical, but "quasi-empirical". In the field of epistemology, he is known for his critique of the well known "brain in a vat" thought experiment. This thought experiment appears to provide a powerful argument for epistemological skepticism, but Putnam challenges its coherence. In metaphysics, he originally espoused a position called metaphysical realism, but eventually became one of its most outspoken critics, first adopting a view he called "internal realism", which he later abandoned in favor of a pragmatist-inspired direct realism. Putnam's "direct realism" aims to return the study of metaphysics to the way people actually experience the world, rejecting the idea of mental representations, sense data, and other intermediaries between mind and world.

Outside philosophy, Putnam has contributed to mathematics and computer science. He developed the Davis—Putnam algorithm for the Boolean satisfiability problem, with Martin Davis, and helped demonstrate the unsolvability of Hilbert's tenth problem. He has been at times a politically controversial figure, especially for his involvement with the Progressive Labor Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Total Books: 59
Pragmatism as a Way of Life The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey
Naturalism Realism and Normativity
2016 - Naturalism Realism and Normativity (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674659698
ISBN-10: 0674659694
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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tica sin ontologa
2014 - Tica Sin Ontologa [Alpha, Bet & Gimmel - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788492837410
ISBN-10: 8492837411
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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The Meaning of the Concept of Probability in Application to Finite Sequences
2012 - The Meaning of the Concept of Probability in Application to Finite Sequences [Routledge Revivals] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415688109
ISBN-10: 0415688108
Genres: Science & Math, Politics & Social Sciences
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Philosophy in an Age of Science Physics Mathematics and Skepticism
Filosofia ebraica una guida di vita Rosenzweig Buber Levinas Wittgenstein
2011 - Filosofia Ebraica Una Guida Di VIta Rosenzweig Buber Levinas Wittgenstein (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788843053636
ISBN-10: 8843053639
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Meaning and the Moral Sciences
2010 - Meaning and the Moral Sciences [Routledge Revivals] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780415580915
ISBN-10: 0415580919
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Mind and Consciousness 5 Questions
2009 - Mind and Consciousness 5 Questions (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788792130105
ISBN-10: 8792130100
Genre: Nonfiction
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El Pragmatismo
2008 - El Pragmatismo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788474326741
ISBN-10: 8474326745
Genre: Nonfiction
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Fact Fiction and Forecast Fourth Edition
2006 - Fact Fiction and Forecast Fourth Edition (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674290716
ISBN-10: 0674290712
Genre: Nonfiction
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Ethics without Ontology
2005 - Ethics Without Ontology (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674018518
ISBN-10: 0674018516
Genre: Nonfiction
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Razon Verdad E Historia / Reason Truth And History
2004 - Razon Verdad E Historia / Reason Truth and History [Filosofia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788430915774
ISBN-10: 843091577X
Genre: Nonfiction
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El Desplome De La Dicotomia Hecho-valor Y Otros Ensayos
2004 - El Desplome De La Dicotomia Hecho-valor Y Otros Ensayos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449315886
ISBN-10: 8449315883
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction
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Die Bedeutung von Bedeutung
2004 - Die Bedeutung Von Bedeutung (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783465032311
ISBN-10: 3465032314
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The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays
2004 - The Collapse of the Fact/value Dichotomy and Other Essays (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674013803
ISBN-10: 0674013808
Genre: Nonfiction
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Como renovar la filosofia/ Renewing Philosophy
2002 - Como Renovar La Filosofia/ Renewing Philosophy [Teorema - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788437612942
ISBN-10: 8437612942
Genre: Nonfiction
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Das Denken und die Logik des Universums
2002 - Das Denken Und Die Logik Des Universums (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783518583258
ISBN-10: 3518583255
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The Threefold Cord
2001 - The Threefold Cord (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780231102872
ISBN-10: 0231102879
Genre: Nonfiction
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Sentido Sinsentido Y Los Sentidos
2000 - Sentido Sinsentido Y Los Sentidos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449308802
ISBN-10: 8449308801
Genre: Nonfiction
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Reprsentation und Realitt
1999 - Reprsentation Und Realitt (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518289945
ISBN-10: 3518289942
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Renewing Philosophy
1995 - Renewing Philosophy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674760943
ISBN-10: 0674760948
Genre: Nonfiction
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1994 - Las Mil Caras Del Realismo [Pensamiento Contemporaneo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1991 - Representation and Reality [Representation and Mind] (Paperback)
1987 - The Many Faces of Realism [Paul Carus Lectures Paperback] (Paperback)Hardcover
1985 - Philosophical Papers Volume 3 Realism and Reason [Philosophical Papers, Vol 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
1972 - Philosophy of Logic [Essays in Philosophy] (Hardcover)Paperback
Jewish Philosophy As a Guide to Life Rosenzweig Buber Levinas Wittgenstein [The Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies] (Hardcover)