The Putnam Archipelago

Journal title PARADIGMI
Author/s Mario De Caro, Massimo Dell’Utri
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/1 Language Italian
Pages 14 P. 211-224 File size 175 KB
DOI 10.3280/PARA2017-001015
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In his long intellectual career Hilary Putnam worked in a great deal of philosophical areas, always offering lasting and often groundbreaking contributions. In this article we present some of those contributions, also stressing the connections Putnam made between his different views and the changes of mind that characterized his philosophical style. In particular, we discuss his conceptions of analyticity, necessity, and a priori, the phenomenon of conceptual relativity, his criticism of the alleged fact/value dichotomy, and the general realist background of his philosophy.

Keywords: Fact/value, Functionalism, Necessity, Hilary Putnam, Realism, Semantic externalism

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Mario De Caro, Massimo Dell’Utri, Arcipelago Putnam in "PARADIGMI" 1/2017, pp 211-224, DOI: 10.3280/PARA2017-001015