Hilary Putnam

Hilary Putnam

The physicist who states a law of nature with the aid of a mathematical formula is abstracting a real feature of a real material world, even if he has to speak of numbers, vectors, tensors, state-functions, or whatever to make the abstraction.More Hilary Putnam quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No sane person should believe that something is subjective merely because it cannot be settled beyond controversy.More Hilary Putnam quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...while there is such a thing as correctness in ethics, in interpretation, in mathematics, the way to understand that is not by trying to model it on the ways in which we get things right in physics....More Hilary Putnam quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Cut the pie any way you like, "meanings" just ain't in the head!More Hilary Putnam quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science is wonderful at destroying metaphysical answers, but incapable of providing substitute ones. Science takes away foundations without providing a replacement. Whether we want to be there or not, science has put us in the position of having to live without foundations. It was shocking when Nietzsche said this, but today it is commonplace; our historical position-and no end to it is in sight-is that of having to philosophise without 'foundations'.More Hilary Putnam quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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