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Models, Truth, and Realism

Barry Taylor

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199286690
eISBN:
9780191604065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286698.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book mounts an argument against one of the fundamental tenets of much contemporary philosophy, the idea that we can make sense of reality as existing objectively, independently of our capacities ... More


Putnam's Model‐Theoretic Arguments

Barry Taylor

in Models, Truth, and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199286690
eISBN:
9780191604065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286698.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter sets out the relevant core of Putnam’s case. Section 3.1 extracts three arguments from Putnam’s writings: the Arguments from Cardinality, Completeness, and Permutation. Of these, section ... More


Formal Theories of Truth and Putnam's ‘Common‐sense Realism’

Barry Taylor

in Models, Truth, and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199286690
eISBN:
9780191604065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286698.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses formal theories of truth: the redundancy theory and its ilk, distinguished by the attempt to characterize truth in terms of its structural properties, in the context of the ... More


Democracy and Rationality: A Dialogue With Hilary Putnam

Linda Alcoff

in Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198289647
eISBN:
9780191596698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198289642.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Alcoff, accepting Hilary Putnam's conclusion that rationality and democratic values are intrinsically connected, investigates the implications of his claim. Alcoff urges Putnam to devote more thought ... More


Taking the Hierarchy Seriously

Barry Taylor

in Models, Truth, and Realism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199286690
eISBN:
9780191604065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286698.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines Crispin Wright’s account of truth as superassertibility, and the account with which Putnam proposes in Reason, Truth, and History — of truth as idealized rational acceptability. ... More


The Absolute Conception: Putnam vs. Williams

Simon Blackburn

in Practical Tortoise Raising: and other philosophical essays

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199548057
eISBN:
9780191594953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548057.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers the opposition between Bernard Williams and Hilary Putnam over whether science, unlike other activities, aspires to an absolute conception of the world which is to the greatest ... More


The Limits of Understanding: Perpetrator Philosophy and Philosophical Histories

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Beginning with an encounter described by Primo Levi, this chapter looks at philosophical attempts to explain why the perpetrators did as they did. It begins by analysing a debate over the very ... More


“… How you understand … can only be shown by how you live”: Putnam’s Reconsideration of Dewey’s A Common Faith

Magnus Schlette

in The Varieties of Transcendence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823267576
eISBN:
9780823272389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines how neopragmatist philosopher Hilary Putnam sought a solution to the conflict between his science-based naturalism and his experiences and convictions as a practicing Jew ... More


Rorty versus Putnam: Neopragmatist Philosophy of Religion

Sami Pihlström

in Pragmatic Pluralism and the Problem of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251582
eISBN:
9780823252763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251582.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Richard Rorty’s and Hilary Putnam’s neopragmatisms, especially as they emerge as approaches to the relation between science and religion. The Rorty vs. Putnam contrast is ... More


Tragedy and Moral Experience: John Dewey and Toni Morrison's Beloved

in In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226298245
eISBN:
9780226298269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226298269.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

No one really questions John Dewey's commitment to democracy, but he was never truly attentive in his philosophical work to the problem of racism in America. Cornel West argues in “Pragmatism and the ... More


The Semantic Framework

Nicos Stavropoulos

in Objectivity in Law

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198258995
eISBN:
9780191681899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258995.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses the framework within philosophy of language that is helpful in illuminating issues in the theory of legal interpretation. It argues that the application of concepts is ... More


John Dewey and the Moral Imagination: Beyond Putnam and Rorty toward an Ethics of Meaning

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines the role of imagination in the moral philosophy of John Dewey, R. M. Hare, and Hilary Putnam. It argues that Dewey has the most fully developed view, one that opens up a ... More


Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms *

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

in Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199857999
eISBN:
9780190267667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199857999.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter studies the application of some of the central ideas developed by Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam concerning singular terms to general terms for kinds, showing that the theory of natural ... More


Pragmatism and Reference

David Boersema

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026604
eISBN:
9780262268882
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026604.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Despite a recent revival of interest in pragmatist philosophy, most work in the analytic philosophy of language ignores insights offered by classical pragmatists and contemporary neopragmatists. This ... More


Neither Substance Nor Process II: Two Modes

Jon Cogburn

in Garcian Meditations: The Dialectics of Persistence in Form and Object

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474415910
eISBN:
9781474434942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415910.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter V begins by rehearsing the distinction between substance and process philosophies and how Garcia attempts to avoid problems with both. Of particular relevance is Graham Harman’s claim that ... More


Introduction

Juhani Yli-Vakkuri and John Hawthorne

in Narrow Content

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198785965
eISBN:
9780191860843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785965.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

The Introduction outlines the history of the narrow content debate. It introduces the famous thought experiments by Hilary Putnam and Tyler Burge, discusses why the debate only came to prominence in ... More


Quantifier Variance and Realism

Eli Hirsch

in Quantifier Variance and Realism: Essays in Metaontology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199732111
eISBN:
9780190267506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199732111.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses Hilary Putnam's conviction that existence is independent of language and thought, by explaining the seemingly paradoxical relationship between realism and quantifier ... More


Psychological and Scientific Essentialism

Peter Zachar

in A Metaphysics of Psychopathology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027045
eISBN:
9780262322270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027045.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

A key feature of essentialism is the belief that discovering the inherent natures of things will lead to a classification system that carves nature at the joints. Some developmental psychologists ... More


Possibilities

Ian Rumfitt

in The Boundary Stones of Thought: An Essay in the Philosophy of Logic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198733638
eISBN:
9780191798016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733638.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

To explore further the critique of classical logic, we need a way of specifying the contribution that the connectives make to logically relevant content which does not presuppose Bivalence. That ... More


Objectivity Without Objects

Eli Hirsch

in Quantifier Variance and Realism: Essays in Metaontology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199732111
eISBN:
9780190267506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199732111.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the common-sense ontology and conceptual relativism of Hilary Putnam in language, by pointing out that one can imagine and understand languages whose words do not refer to ... More


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