Hilary Putnam

Realism, Reason and the Uses of Uncertainty

Author: Christopher Norris

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

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This study examines Hilary Putnam's work in epistemology, philosophy of science and mathematics, philosophical logic and semantics and cognitive psychology. It takes account of his various shifts in philosophical viewpoint over the past four decades, and demonstrates how Putnam arrived at the different positions he has occupied during his career, and discusses the various forms of anti-realist doctrine with which he has engaged. The workd offers commentary on Putnam's writing about conceptual problems in the interpretation of quantum mechanics and places Putnam's work in a wider philosophical context, relating it to various contemporary debates in epistemology and the philosophy of science.
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Re-Thinking the Cogito

Naturalism, Reason and the Venture of Thought

Author: Christopher Norris

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441160167

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Re-Thinking the Cogito seeks to combine a strongly naturalistic with a distinctively rationalist perspective on some nowadays much-discussed issues in philosophy of mind. Against the common view that they involve downright incompatible conceptions of mind, knowledge and ethics it seeks to unite a naturalism that draws on recent advances in neurophysiology and cognitive science with an outlook that gives full weight to those normative values at the heart of rationalist thought. True to the book's constructive spirit, Norris offers various detailed proposals for bringing the two approaches into a mutually enhancing - though also mutually provocative - relationship. He finds that claim strikingly prefigured in Spinoza's working-out of a non-reductive yet metaphysically uncompromising mind/body monism. Moreover he suggests how a thoroughly naturalised approach might yet become a locus of productive engagement with the work of an ultra-rationalist thinker such as Alain Badiou. Thus Norris puts the case that physically embodied human thought has cognitive, intellectual and creative powers that cannot and need not be accounted for in terms of conscious (let alone self-conscious) reflection.
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Hilary Putnam

Author: Lance P. Hickey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441134166

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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This book offers an overview of Putnam's ideas, his key writings and his contributions to the various fields of philosophy. Thematically organized, the book begins with Putnam's work in the philosophy of language and shows how his theory of semantic externalism serves as a lynchpin for understanding his thought as a whole. Crucially, the author also examines the ways in which Putnam has shifted his position on some key philosophical issues and argues that there is in fact more unity to Putnam's thought than is widely believed. An entire chapter is devoted to Putnam's pragmatism and the possibilities this provides for revitalizing contemporary philosophy. This is the ideal companion to study of this hugely influential thinker.
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Derrida, Badiou and the Formal Imperative

Author: Christopher Norris

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441193979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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In this path-breaking study Christopher Norris proposes a transformed understanding of the much-exaggerated differences between analytic and continental philosophy. While keeping the analytic tradition squarely in view his book focuses on the work of Jacques Derrida and Alain Badiou, two of the most original and significant figures in the recent history of ideas. Norris argues that these thinkers have decisively reconfigured the terrain of contemporary philosophy and, between them, pointed a way beyond some of those seemingly intractable issues that have polarised debate on both sides of the notional rift between the analytic and continental traditions. In particular his book sets out to show - against the received analytic wisdom - that continental philosophy has its own analytic resources and is capable of bringing some much-needed fresh insight to bear on problems in philosophy of language, logic and mathematics. Norris provides not only a unique comparative account of Derrida's and Badiou's work but also a remarkably wide-ranging assessment of their joint contribution to philosophy's current - if widely resisted - potential for self-transformation.
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The New Pragmatism

Author: Alan Malachowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131749363X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Some hundred years after its inception, Pragmatism has reclaimed centre stage, not just within philosophy, but also within intellectual culture as a whole. This book sets out to explain what it is about Pragmatism that makes it such a distinctively attractive prospect to so many thinkers, even in previously hostile traditions. Alan Malachowski sets out in a clear and accessible manner the original guiding thoughts behind the Pragmatist approach to philosophy and examines how these thoughts have faired in the hands of those largely responsible for the present revival (Putnam and Rorty). The Pragmatism that emerges from this exploration of its "classic" and "new wave" forms is then assessed in terms of both its philosophical potential and its wider cultural contribution. Readers will emerge from the book with a more secure grip on what Pragmatism involves and a correspondingly clearer grasp of what it has to offer and what its current resurgence is all about.
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Philosophical Papers: Volume 3, Realism and Reason

Author: Hilary Putnam

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521313940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 332

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Volume Three is the completion of philosophical papers by one of America's most distinguished philosophers. His works mark his highly significant and original contribution in a number of related fields and they have been praised for "their sophistication, clear sightedness, depth and power".
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Truth Matters

Realism, Anti-realism and Response-dependence

Author: Christopher Norris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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Truth Mattersis the first full-length introduction to response-dependence, a topic that has become a main focus of interest for philosophers across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas.The response-dependence claim, in brief, is to provide a 'third way' between the realist (or objectivist) conception of truth as always potentially transcending the limits of human ascertainment and the anti-realist (or verificationist) case that truth cannot possibly transcend those limits since then we could never acquire or manifest a knowledge of it.While setting out the issues clearly and concisely, Norris also provides some relevant background history to this current debate, including discussion of its sources and analogues in Plato, Locke, Kant and Wittgenstein. His book offers invaluable guidance for student readers in search of a reliable introductory survey of the field. Among those with a more specialist interest it may sometimes provoke disagreement, as when Norris argues that the response-dependence approach often goes along with a disguised anti-realist bias and hence fails to make good on its 'third-way' promise. However, its combination of wide-ranging coverage with clarity of focus and depth of philosophical treatment will be welcomed.Key Features:*Clear, accessible account of some complex philosophical issues;*First book-length study of the response-dependence debate;*Informative discussion of its pre-history in philosophers from Plato to Hume, Locke and Kant;*Aimed at readers seeking a reliable, well-informed introductory account while relevant to those with a more specialist knowledge of the topic.
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Jacques Derrida

Author: Christopher Norris,David Roden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780761949152

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1664

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Jacques Derrida's philosophy of deconstruction has been a key reference in the social sciences for more than 25 years. This work, in four volumes, is a comprehensive, thematically organized review of the key secondary literature on Derrida's writing. It provides a systematic overview of the core conceptual vocabulary informing Deconstruction, identifying published works that most clearly and significantly discuss Derrida's thought. Together these four volumes represent an essential reference for researchers and students in social theory, cultural studies, philosophy, literature and linguistics.
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Interrogating Cultural Studies

Theory, Politics and Practice

Author: Paul Bowman,Mark Little

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Critical account of the cultural studies field, with interviews from some of the world’s leading cultural theorists.
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Facta Philosophica

Internazionale Zeitschrift Für Gegenwartsphilosophie : International Journal for Contemporary Philosophy

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Knowledge, Theory of

Page: N.A

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