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List of works
Most of Putnam’s papers, and all of those cited in the text, are included in the collections – Philosophical Papers, volumes I–III and the two volumes edited by J. Conant. Where the title has been changed, the text cites the title appearing in these volumes.
(Introduction by the editors. Includes classic works in the foundations of mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics by leading mathematicians such as Hilbert, Brouwer and Gödel.)
(This volume contains papers on the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science. It includes ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, which develops the notion of relative necessity, ‘An Examination of Grünbaum’s Philosophy of Geometry’, which argues against a conventionalist interpretation of the theory of relativity, and ‘The Logic of Quantum Mechanics’, advocating quantum logic.)
(This volume includes one of Putnam’s major contributions to the philosophy of language, ‘The Meaning of Meaning’, as well as ‘Explanation and Reference’ and ‘The Refutation of Conventionalism’, all of which expound a realist conception of meaning. It also includes papers in the philosophy of mind, in particular papers introducing functionalism, such as ‘Philosophy and Our Mental Life’ and ‘The Mental Life of Some Machines’.)
(This volume reworks many of the themes previously dealt with by Putnam in the light of his new position. It includes ‘Models and Reality’, which pursues the implications of the Löwenheim–Skolem theorem; ‘Analyticity and Apriority: Beyond Wittgenstein and Quine’, which rejects some sceptical consequences of Quine’s and Wittgenstein’s positions; ‘Why Reason Can’t Be Naturalized’, which argues against naturalism; and ‘Quantum Mechanics and the Observer’, which argues for perspectivism, and abandons the earlier realist interpretation of quantum mechanics in terms of quantum logic.)
(A collection of essays by Putnam, selected and introduced by the editor. Some of the essays in this volume, such as ‘Rethinking Mathematical Necessity’ reflect Putnam’s growing attraction to the later Wittgenstein. Others discuss pragmatism, logical positivism, the philosophy of mind and the role of philosophy in our lives.)
References and further reading
(Essays by D.A. Anderson, A. Bilgrami, N. Chomsky, J. Conant, B. Dreben, G. Ebbs, R. Healey, G.J. Massey, J. McDowell, R.W. Miller, and A. Sidelle, and replies by Putnam.)
Ben-Menahem, Yemima. Bibliography. Putnam, Hilary (1926–2016), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Q117-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/putnam-hilary-1926-2016/v-1/bibliography/putnam-hilary-1926-2016-bib.
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