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Philosophy of logic (Harper essays in philosophy) Paperback – 1971

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  • Series: Harper essays in philosophy
  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; First Edition edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061360422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061360428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
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Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born 1926) is an American analytic philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist who taught at Harvard for many years. He wrote many other books, such as Realism with a Human Face, Pragmatism: An Open Question, Reason, Truth and History, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1971 book, “Many different philosophical issues arise in connection with logic… In the present essay I shall concern myself with the so-called ontological problem in the philosophy of logic and mathematics---that is, the issue of whether the abstract entities spoken of in logic and mathematics really exist. I shall also ask whether in logic itself… references to abstract entities is really indispensable, and I also shall take a look at the extent to which reference to such entities is necessary in physical science. My aim … will be not to present a survey of opinions on these problems, but to expound and defend one position in detail.”

He suggests, “There is no reason in stating logical principles to be more puristic, or more compulsive about avoiding references to ‘nonphysical entities,’ than in scientific discourse generally. References to classes of things, and not just to things, is a commonplace and useful mode of speech. If the nominalist wishes us to give it up, he must provide us with an alternative mode of speech which works just as well, not just in pure logic, but also in such empirical sciences as physics…” (Pg.
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