Questions tagged [hilary-putnam]

For questions referring to texts and concepts of Hilary Whitehall Putnam (1926-2016).

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Was there any 20th century physicist that proposed the existence of a multiverse and at the same time accepted Birkhoff's/von Neumann's quantum logic? [closed]

Was there any well renowned and Nobel laureate physicist from the last century who believed that multiple universes/realities existed and at the same time liked Birkhoff's/von Neumann's quantum logic ...
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Hilary Putnam's criticism of Carnap's 'Principle of Tolerance'

I am left quite confused at how Hilary Putnam showed that Carnap's response to the self-defeating objection of the verification principle was circular and hence unviable. Can anybody help explain it ...
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The myth of the given and externalism

According to Wilfrid Sellars any talk of a given out there should be condemned as a mere myth. Therefore, nothing from the physical world outside can limit our language - the "space of reason", and ...
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What are “Concepts” according to Hilary Putnam?

I am reading Putnam's "Brains in a Vat" (1981) and I seem to be having a hard time getting through his terminologies. Is he saying that possessing a concept is not the same as possessing an image? ...