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Renewing Philosophy 1990–1991

Hilary Putnam

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Renewing Philosophy covers a large array of interconnected topics ranging from artificial intelligence, the theory of meaning and reference, the foundation of liberal-democratic politics and the philosophy of religion. The unifying theme of the volume is the project of resisting the scientistic drift Putnam diagnoses in contemporary analytic philosophy. The alleged scientism consists in the idea that ‘science, and only science, describes the world as it is in itself, independent of perspective’ (p. x), and in the related view that ‘science leaves no room for an independent philosophical enterprise’ (ibid.). However, Putnam argues, this demise of scientism need not commit us to forms of scepticism denying that we have a cognitively reliable access to extralinguistic reality.

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OnlineHarvard University Press1995
OriginalHarvard University Press1992
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