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Putnam on Truth

This article has been mentioned by a media organization :. I think the twin earth paragraph is a bit confusing right now. It's also wrong since it is irelevant to Putnam's argument what particular liquid anyone happens to be looking at right now as the example has it , what is key is the historical environmental factors that determine the referent of natural kind terms such as "water".

I don't think the error in the article comes from any misunderstanding about Putnam, rather I think it is just the way the pargraph is currently written. How about the following:. One of Putnam's contributions to philosophy of language is the claim that "meaning is not in the head". Putnam illustrated this using his Twin Earth thought experiment to argue that environmental factors, even prior to anyone being aware of them, played a role in determining meaning.

Because of this difference, when I say the word "water" in Earth-English it means something different from when my physically identical "twin" says the word "water" in Twin Earth-English. And since my "twin" and I are physically indistinguishable when we utter our respective words, and our words mean different things, meaning cannot be determined solely by what is in our heads. This led Putnam to adopt a version of semantic externalism with regard to meaning and mental content.

Davkal , 7 September UTC. Your points are ludicrous and show a total lack of understanding of Putnam, his arguments, and the style of philosophical writing. The "I" is not really me, it is a philosophical device commonly used for clarity and brevity.

I'll let you into another secret - I don't have a twin on Twin Earth or otherwise - Twin Earth doesn't really exist. It was never actually changed from "meaning just ain't in the head" so all is well. Ok, thanks. By doing this we might provide a context for Putnam's claim that gives it some importance since as things stand a reaction to the point about Putnam in the article might be "so what? I can write up a little bit for the intro to the Twin earth stuff if you'd like and if Askolnick takes his petty arguments elsewhere.

Fair enough. Good work on this though - one of the best I have seen. The Twin Earth para is wrong again - the central point Putnam make is that the word "water" on Earth and the word "water" on Twin Earth have different meanings therefore to say that my twin uses "the same word" is to miss the whole point.

The words "water" on Earth and "water" on Twin Earth merely look and sound and appear the same to those saying them but they are in fact different words.

Davkal , 8 September UTC. I don't understand your last edit comment where you said I reintroduced first-person terms - I didn't. Whether "water" counts as the same word or not is an open question - if one individuated words according to their meaning or their referent a perfectly plausible way to do it then it would seem not, if words were individuated some other way then possibly.

In any event I note the current version does not say they are the same word so it matters not. The only difference then, in your version, is the introduction of the names Frederick and Froderick and I am not going to revert over something like that. When you ask me to take the nonsense somewhere else I should remind you that the Twin earth section was wrong yesterday and correct today precisely on account of my involvement.

I would have thought that some thanks were due rather than an unpleasant request such as this. In any event I did take the nonsense somewhere else - I took it out the section on Twin Earth and threw it away.

That is why my correct version is what currently appears in the article. Also, there should not be quotation marks around "XYZ" and "H2O" since these are simply chemical compounds and not in any way dubious. Also, also, your version is now ambiguous probabbly wrong since it is not clear whether Froderick is speaking Twin Earth-English or English.

If he is speaking English and just happens to be on Twin Earth ie. This is why Putnam says an Earthling would be wrong if, after being transported to Twin Earth, said the words "there is some water" - the context not being enough to transform his Earth-English into Twin Earth-English otherwise he would have been correct to say what he did.

And that is why the point was made explicitly in my last version - now removed. I have corrected the section on Twin earth for the last time.

If you think yourself bigger than the article please please feel free to revert to an incorrect version. Either way I win - Wiki is a community of reasonable people who are willing to accept corrections; or Wiki is a bunch of pricks who wants their writing to be seen.

Davkal , 9 September UTC. I apologize for suggesting that people had not noicted the page-move vandalism. I looked in the history and tried to revert, but it seemed to have been there for hours. Then I realized you have to actually move the page back and that it had only been there for about 7 minutes. Good job.

It is probably confusing to attribute the brain-in-a-vat thought eperiment to Putnam, and certainly under the rubric of 'epistemology'. His discussion appears as ch. And insofar as the brain-in-a-vat thought experiment is a sceptical argument, it is of only insignificant difference to Descartes demon argument. The introductory section implies that Putnam invented the Brain in a Vat thought experiment, which he certainly did not.

He criticized this well known argument for skepticism. Treharne talk , 4 June UTC. Is the terrible image in this section really necessary? The brain-in-a-vat skeptical argument and its terrible image!?

I am a professional epistemologist and when Putnam comes to mind, we first think of his externalism-about-reference argument against the brain-in-the-vat skeptical argument. The reason BIVs must be explicitly referred to here is that the BIV argument for skepticism is actually supposed to take on, in its structure, the kind of argument Descartes had in mind in books 1 and 2 of the Meditations.

Put another way, Putnam's external reference argument not only tries to challenge a skeptical argument with the power of Descartes' evil demon argument, but moreover, one for which the relevant thought experiment is consistent with philosophical naturalism.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say that Putnam was involved in proving that Hilbert's Tenth Theorem is unsolvable, rather than saying he solved it? The introduction makes it sound as if he found a solution, whereas the article states that he helped demonstrate there was no solution. If there are any glaring errors then that could be addressed by a duty-administrator who can unlock and edit.

Anyone else interested enough to contribute can put something on the talk page and wait a day or so for the discussion to come up and the changes to be made. All fair points - I withdraw my suggestion. There really ought to be a section on his Philosophy of Science. Specifically, his work on Quantum Mechanics, alternative Logics, etc. Let's not forget about Putnam's model-theoretic argument against metaphysical realism I agree!

I might be able to have a go at a paragraph on the MT argument Hey, what happened to the great section on Hilary Putnam's political activism which used to exist in this entry? It should be noted that Putnam was involved in the anti-war movement as early as -way before it was 'popular' to protest vietnam.

Also, might be cool to mention Putnam's recent appraisal of wikipedia in the New Yorker article on this subject. The article on Hilary Putnam has him listed as a "20th century philosopher". While it is true that Putnam was born in and most of his work was published last century, his best books are coming out now.

Putnam's book, "Ethics without Ontology" is an equally amazing book on ethics, mathematics and stands in the traditions of pragmatists like John Dewey and Continental philosophers such as Emmanuel Levinas. Remember, Moses died when he was If Moses wrote the Torah, he wrote it late in life. Putnam's best work is coming out now -stuff on ethics, welfare economics, Marxism, race relations, etc He adopted a rather different view, which he called "internal realism".

Are the dates in this paragraph correct? I had a look at some other resources and it looks like 'late s and the s' is more accurate. The first anti-realist publication was, i think, 'realism and reason', c. The first, or at least the first clear exposition of 'internal-realism' was in 'reason truth and history', I think also that Dummett deserves a mention too in influencing putnam.

Also, it maybe ought to be mentioned that Putnam has significantly altered his position in his latest writings, and abandoned the 'anti-realist' aspects, and albeit slightly inconsistently perhaps the name, of his position see e. This whole section could do with some working on: i will see what i can come up with I am in the process of switching the bulky Template:Logic nav bars to the tiny Portal:Logic links instead. I'm pretty sure wikipedia users interested in this page will find it convenient.

Gregbard , 5 July UTC. I must say I'm somewhat "skeptical" of the bit, cited to some other author's work, which claims that Putnam's target in the "Brains in a Vat" and btw, it should be brains - plural - whenever referenced, since that is critical to understanding it was actually to undermine metaphysical realism. Historically, antirealism in all its forms is a response to skepticism.

It supposedly makes the perceived identical to the real, by claiming that perceptions create reality, thereby removing the supposed gap. This is discussed by Searle in Mind, Language and Society. I fail to see how the argument would be effective against anti-realism, the explanation in the article is inadequate, and I think that given the long historical background of this debate there ought to be some elaboration or clarification of this point.

Several publications incorrectly state that Ruth Anna was born in Munich. However, she was born on the 20th of Sep at her grandparents home in Berlin.

She personally confirmed this to me. Her grandfather was Prof. Hans Kohn, after whom the "alveolar pores of Kohn" are named. Putnam seems to have always been interested in religion he re-joined the faith and also wrote an essay on Wittgenstein's Lectures on Religion in the mid s? There seems to be a lot of stuff from him on jewishness and jewish religion.

I am a boring atheist, I think, so do not know anything about the topic, but it must be interesting, if Putnam cares about it? I propose that the article, which mentions both 'direct realism' and 'internal realism' should certainly include the term 'pragmatic realism'.

Hilary Putnam

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Hilary Putnam

He made significant contributions to philosophy of mind , philosophy of language , philosophy of mathematics , and philosophy of science. Together with Martin Davis he developed the Davis—Putnam algorithm for the Boolean satisfiability problem [9] and he helped demonstrate the unsolvability of Hilbert's tenth problem. Putnam was known for his willingness to apply equal scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as to those of others, subjecting each position to rigorous analysis until he exposed its flaws.

The Practice of Language pp Cite as. He invented the computational functionalist view of the mind, showed how to make it precise, related it to wider issues, saw it become the received view — and then turned against it, eloquently urging its rejection. He put forward a new conception of scientific realism, worked out technical details, suggested its wider significance, helped make it prominent in epistemology and philosophy of science — and then became its foremost critic. They rather manifest a sensitivity to underlying shifts in the intellectual and philosophical climate of our time, rooted in an acute sense of when and how fashionable ways of thinking have gone wrong and are leading nowhere.

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Hilary Putnam: Objectivity and the Science–Ethics Distinction

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Quine — American philosopher and logician. Hans Reichenbach — Rudolf Carnap — German-born American philosopher. American philosopher. He taught at Northwestern, Princeton, and M. Putnam is widely regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the generation after Quine, although unlike Quine he does not stand for a monolithic system or body of doctrine, and in his later writings has shown himself gloriously unafraid of changing his mind. Putnam's early work centred upon the philosophy of science, but in the latter part of his career his interests in the human sciences have become more prominent.

Don't have an account? What I admire and appreciate very much about Putnam's paper on the science—ethics distinction—indeed about his more recent philosophical work , in general—is the fresh and original attack on a key problem of the Western scientific—philosophical tradition: the problem of establishing a unified and coherent cognitive enterprise which comprises values and facts, decisions and insights, ethics and science alike. The commentator, it seems to me, must inevitably ask the following critical question: has Putnam succeeded in showing that unified concepts of objectivity and rationality can be developed for science and ethics? Indeed, is it even desirable or advisable to insist on the ideal of the unified scientific—ethical enterprise? In pursuing these questions, I shall not adopt a strategy that might seem to be suggested, if not demanded, by the arrangement of Putnam's argument; that is, I shall not try to examine the possible defences of the opponents he attacks in his paper, notably Bernard Williams. I cannot do this, simply because I happen to accept Putnam's main argument against Williams. Like him, I think that the distinction between relative and absolute truth in the sense he attributes to Williams is untenable.

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