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The Absolute Conception: Putnam vs. Williams

Simon Blackburn

in Practical Tortoise Raising

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199548057
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548057.003.0014
The Absolute Conception: Putnam vs. Williams

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This chapter considers the opposition between Bernard Williams and Hilary Putnam over whether science, unlike other activities, aspires to an absolute conception of the world which is to the greatest possible extent independent on human beings' take on the world. It also explores Putnam's own attack on the fact-value dichotomy by means of thick concepts.

Keywords: absolute conception; Hilary Putnam; Bernard Williams; fact-value distinction; thick concepts

Chapter.  7146 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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