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A philosopher in the age of science

Hilary Putnam is not well known outside philosophy. He should be

By Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson  

At 87, Hilary Putnam is one of the world's greatest living philosophers. He attacks the prevailing distinction between "facts" and "values"

In a recent issue of the New York Review of Books the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson delivered the following assessment of contemporary philosophers: “they are a sorry bunch of dwarfs. They are thinking deep thoughts and giving scholarly lectures to academic audiences, but hardly anybody in the world outside is listening. They are historically insignificant.”

The Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam might seem a dwarf at first glance,…

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