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Arthur Isadore Fine

Arthur Isadore Fine  

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(1937–)Arthur Fine was born on 11 November 1937 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He left high school after his junior year to take advantage of the early entrance program at the ...
brain in a vat

brain in a vat  

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An updated version, due to Putnam, of Descartes's thought experiment with the malin génie (see method of doubt). We are invited to consider the sceptical possibility that our experience is actually ...
Charles Dacre Parsons

Charles Dacre Parsons  

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(1933–)Charles Parsons was born on 13 April 1933 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the son of the American sociologist Talcott Parsons. Parsons has noted that his father had a ...
David B. Kaplan

David B. Kaplan  

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(1933– ).American philosopher at the University of California, known for his work in intensional logic, semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language. His initial stance was Fregean as in the ...
Hans Reichenbach

Hans Reichenbach  

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(1891–1953)Philosopher of science and probability theorist. Born in Hamburg, Reichenbach worked in Berlin until 1933, when he left Germany first for Istanbul, and thence to the United States. ...
Howard Stein

Howard Stein  

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(1929–)Howard Stein was born on 21 January 1929 in New York City. He received his BA from Columbia in 1947. At the University of Chicago he did graduate work ...
Jerrold Jacob Katz

Jerrold Jacob Katz  

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(1932–2002)Jerrold Katz was born on 14 July 1932 in Washington, D.C. He received his BA from George Washington University in 1954. He served with the US Army Counter Intelligence ...
Jerry Alan Fodor

Jerry Alan Fodor  

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(1935– )American philosopher of mind. Born in New York city and educated at Columbia and Princeton, Fodor teaches at Rutgers and the City University of New York. He is known for a resolute realism ...
Laurens Lynn Laudan

Laurens Lynn Laudan  

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(1941–)Larry Laudan was born on 16 October 1941 in Austin, Texas. He received his BA magna cum laude in physics from the University of Kansas in 1962. He then ...
Murray Griffin Murphey

Murray Griffin Murphey  

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(1928–)Murray Murphey was born on 22 February 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received the BA from Harvard University in 1949. His interests were in both American civilization and ...
Nelson Goodman

Nelson Goodman  

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(1906–98)American philosopher. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Harvard, Goodman was an art dealer in Boston from 1929–41, and held positions at Pennsylvania and Brandeis before becoming ...
Nicholas Rescher

Nicholas Rescher  

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(1928– ).An amazingly prolific contemporary American philosopher who has written over 100 books in the process of constructing a synoptic system: pragmatic idealism. The system aims at knowledge of ...
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky  

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(1928– ),professor of modern languages and linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after Saussure the most important figure in modern linguistics. Two of his books, in particular, ...
Paul Joseph Salomon Benacerraf

Paul Joseph Salomon Benacerraf  

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(1931–)Paul Benacerraf was born on 26 March 1931 in Paris, France, the son of a Moroccan-Venezuelan father and an Algerian mother. The family moved to Caracas in 1939 as ...
Putnam, Hilary

Putnam, Hilary   Reference library

Nicholas G. Fotion

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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(1926– ). Harvard philosopher, trained originally in the tradition of Logical Positivism, especially by Rudolph Carnap. Putnam later came under the influence of such philosophers ... More
Putnam, Hilary Whitehall

Putnam, Hilary Whitehall (1926–)   Reference library

The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers

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Hilary Putnam was born on 31 July 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. His father Samuel was an author and translator. After

quantum logic

quantum logic  

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Logical system that differs from classical logic in ways that reflect the inferential relations between propositions in quantum theory. The models of such logics differ in various ways from classical ...
Richard Jacob Bernstein

Richard Jacob Bernstein  

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(1932–)Richard J. Bernstein was born on 14 May 1932 in New York City. He excelled in school, earning admission to the University of Chicago accelerated program for intellectually advanced ...
Ruth Anna Putnam

Ruth Anna Putnam  

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(1927–)Ruth Anna Putnam was born on 20 September 1927 in Berlin, Germany. Her mother was Jewish and the family suffered great hardships in Nazi Germany. She emigrated to the ...
Saul Aaron Kripke

Saul Aaron Kripke  

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(1940– )American logician and philosopher. Born in New York and educated at Harvard and Oxford, Kripke made his early reputation as a logical prodigy, especially through work on the completeness of ...

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