Hilary Whitehall Putnam: American Philosopher

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  • Early Life

    Hilary Putnam was born July 13,1926 in Chicago Illinois to Samuel and Riva Putnam being the only child. His father a writer, translator, and communist. Also wrote for the Daily Worker newspaper.
  • Education: University of Pennsylvania

    Education: University of Pennsylvania
    During Putnam's childhood one of his classmates/ fellow long time friends was Noam Chomsky (cognitive science). Putnam went on to continue his college education starting at The University of Pennsylvania in 1948 studying both mathematics and philosophy. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hilary-Putnam
  • Education Con't

    Putnam went on to continue graduate school at The University of Harvard and UCLA. Obtaining a PhD in 1951.
  • Period: to


    After receiving his PhD, and teaching at three other universities. Putnam spent the rest of his time teaching at Harvard.
  • Putnam's Philosophy Contributions: The meaning of the meaning

    Putnam's Philosophy Contributions: The meaning of the meaning
    Putnam's early philosophy contributions start with "The meaning of the meaning." Theory of externalism meanings not just within your head. Putnam always thought outside of the box even with his own theories.
  • Best Known For

    Best Known For
    Semantic Externalism: not just mental but connect with reality. Putnam's steadfast defense of realism. His saying was "Best minds are those that think through position, get to the other side of it, then regect it." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_strtQrsn6M
  • Other Major Works

    Other Major Works
    Putnam contributed to other major works as well. Just to name a few:
    metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of the mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of logic, Brain in a vat, Realism, and many more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsTfTcyiRDc
  • Death

    Putnam died March 13,2016. Leaving behind his widow Ruth Anna, and four children. Ruth Anna was also a professor and obtained a PhD in philosophy from UCLA