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Philosophical Papers Mathematics, Matter and Method

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ISBN-10: 0521295505

ISBN-13: 9780521295505

Edition: 2nd 1979

Authors: Hilary Putnam

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List price: $35.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

According to John Passmore, Hilary Putnam's work is a "history of recent philosophy in outline" (Recent Philosophers). He adds that writing "about "Putnam's philosophy' is like trying to capture the wind with a fishing-net." Born in Chicago and educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Los Angeles, Putnam taught at Northwestern University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Harvard University in 1965. In his early years at Harvard, he was an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam. Although he writes in the idiom of analytic philosophy, Putnam addresses major themes relating science to ethics and…    

Introduction
Truth and necessity in mathematics
The thesis that mathematics is logic
Mathematics without foundations
What is mathematical truth?
Philosophy of physics
An examination of Grnnbaum's philosophy of geometry
A philosopher looks at quantum mechanics
Discussion: comments on comments on comments: a reply to Margenau and Wigner
Three-valued logic
The logic of quantum mechanics
Time and physical geometry
Memo on 'conventionalism'
What theories are not
Craig's theorem
It ain't necessarily so
The 'corroboration' of theories
'Degree of confirmation' and inductive logic
Probability and confirmation
On properties
Philosophy of logic
Bibliography
Index