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The Founders of Pragmatism on
Philosophy and Life

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Boston College

with Hilary Putnam
Cogan University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University

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Hilary W. Putnam is Cogan University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. Putnam has written extensively on issues in metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics. philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind, and on the American Pragmatists and the later Wittgenstein. He has published over 20 books, his most recent works examining the relations between “facts” and “values,” and dozens of articles in journals like Philosophical Review and the Journal of Philosophy. He is a past President of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), the Philosophy of Science Association, and the Association for Symbolic Logic. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and the French Academie des Sciences Politiques et Morales, and holds a number of honorary degrees. He has received the Prometheus Prize of the American Philosophical Association and the Rolf Schock Prize in Philosophy. Before arriving at Harvard, Professor Putnam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in 1951 from UCLA, where he worked with Hans Reichenbach. Before joining the faculty of Harvard in 1965, he taught at Northwestern University (1951-2) Princeton University (1953-61), where he received tenure in both the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Mathematics in 1960 and after that at M.I.T. (1961-65). Professor Putnam retired from the Department at the end of June 2000.