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Philosophical Papers Mind, Language and Reality

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ISBN-10: 0521295513

ISBN-13: 9780521295512

Edition: 1979

Authors: Hilary Putnam

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 476
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
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
Language and philosophy
The analytic and synthetic
Do true assertions correspond to reality?
Some issues in the theory of grammar
The 'innateness hypothesis' and explanatory models in linguistics
How not to talk about meaning
Review of The concept of a person
Is semantics possible?
The refutation of conventionalism
Reply to Gerald Massey
Explanation and reference
The meaning of 'meaning'
Language and reality
Philosophy and our mental life
Dreaming and 'depth grammar'
Brains and behaviour
Other minds
Minds and machines
Robots: machines or artificially created life?
The mental life of some machines
The nature of mental states
Logical positivism and the philosophy of mind
Bibliography
Index