Hilary Putnam
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): Maximilian de Gaynesford  
ISBN: 1844650413
ISBN-13: 9781844650415
Publication Date: 28/02/2006
Pages: 248 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
Discount Price: £13.59
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Hilary Putnam is one of the most influential philosophers of recent times, and his authority stretches far beyond the confines of the discipline. He has had a dramatic influence on theories of meaning, semantic content, the nature of mental phenomena, on interpretations of quantum mechanics, theory-change, logic, mathematics, and on what shape we should desire for future philosophy. However, the diversity of Putnam's writings and his frequent spells of radical rethinking pose a considerable challenge to readers. De Gaynesford shows how these difficulties may be overcome by examining the whole of Putnam's career within its historical context in an accurate and accessible way. In so doing he reveals a basic unity in Putnam's work, achieved through repeated engagements with a small set of hard problems. By foregrounding this integrity, the book offers an account that is both true to Putnam and will be welcomed by students and philosophers alike as an aid to reading his work.


"An excellent introduction to Putnam's work, which offers an original encompassing interpretative hypothesis as a guide through this complex corpus of work." – Axel Mueller, Northwestern University

"Distinctive and original, especially in its focus upon the problem of intentionality as a central and dominant theme running through Putnam's work. It provides a very useful account of the historical and philosophical context in which Putnam's work developed. It is well-informed and elegantly written." – Bob Hale, University of Sheffield

Maximilian de Gaynesford is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

1. Introduction Part I: Context
2. Overview
3. Analytic philosophy
Part II: Character
4. Structural issues
5. Core issues
6. Intentionality
Part III: Content: earlier perspectives
7. Mind
8. Science
9. Language
10. Intentional states
Part IV: Content: later perspectives
11. Reality
12. Reference
13. Truth
14. Experience
15. Conclusion: an integrated vision

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