HIlary Whitehall Putnam: Born: July 31st 1926, Died: March 13th 2016

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    Hillary Putnam was a philosopher of mind, he was a mathematician and he was also a computer scientist. He is best known for his work that concerns with the philosophy of mind. In the late 1960's he set out with the hypothesis of multiple realizability.
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    he was a big social rights activist. He was a supporter of the American Civil Rights Movement and he also thought that the wars were awful.
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    He is accredited to multiple different types of Philosophies. With Martin Davis he developed the Davis-Putnam algorithm for the Boolean satisfiability problem which is the problem of determining if there exists an interpretation that satisfies a given Boolean formula. He also said that it is not necessarily true that pain is identical to C-fibre firing. In his papers he states that pain could correspond to different physical states of the nervous system.
  • Awards

    In 2011 Hilary Putnam was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy and in 2015 Putnam was also awarded the Nicholas Rescher Prize for Systematic Philosophy