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Philosophical Papers

Philosophical Papers

Volume 1. Mathematics, Matter and Method

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  • Date Published: April 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295505

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  • Professor Hilary Putnam has been one of the most influential and sharply original of recent American philosophers in a whole range of fields. His most important published work is collected here, together with several new and substantial studies, in two volumes. The first deals with the philosophy of mathematics and of science and the nature of philosophical and scientific enquiry; the second deals with the philosophy of language and mind. Volume one is now issued in a new edition, including an essay on the philosophy of logic first published in 1971.

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    'Professor Putnam presents a powerful, coherent and persuasive system of thought. Ranging widely over the topics mentioned in their titles, the two volumes of essays yet have a remarkable degree of unity. Their themes overlap and are linked, as philosophical themes, seriously handled, must always overlap and be linked. In a period in which the general level of philosophical competence, as evidence in publication, is extremely high, Putnam's work stands conspicuously out by virtue of its combination of technical sophistication, clear-sightedness, depth and power. Nothing of what he says is trivial, most of it is true and all parts of it are systematically interconnected. His prose-lucid, lively and unpretentious - is an excellent medium for his thought.' P. F. Strawson, The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: April 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295505
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Truth and necessity in mathematics
    2. The thesis that mathematics is logic
    3. Mathematics without foundations
    4. What is mathematical truth?
    5. Philosophy of physics
    6. An examination of Gr├╝nbaum's philosophy of geometry
    7. A philosopher looks at quantum mechanics
    8. Discussion: comments on comments on comments: a reply to Margenau and Wigner
    9. Three-valued logic
    10. The logic of quantum mechanics
    11. Time and physical geometry
    12. Memo on 'conventionalism'
    13. What theories are not
    14. Craig's theorem
    15. It ain't necessarily so
    16. The 'corroboration' of theories
    17. 'Degree of confirmation' and inductive logic
    18. Probability and confirmation
    19. On properties
    20. Philosophy of logic
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Hilary Putnam

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