Conference in Honour of Hilary Putnam's 80th Birthday
Putnam on Existence and Ontology
modest and extravagant sense of ontology
P. attacking metaphysical realism
Quine and Goodman. Nominalist tendency
Q. To be is to be the value of a variable
Have something in common. meaning. a universal.
P. against full-blooded nominalism
Quantification theory == first order logic (complete)
Knowledge of language and the world involved
Darling, I love you and the number 17. But I love you more..
If you criticize a great philosopher, you misunderstand him
Q. Numbers are intangible objects
ethics and ontology
eliminate "façons de parler"
Putnam and the Philosophy of Mathematics
§185 'incorrect' response of the child counting beyond 1000 (Ph. Investigations)
what is the source of our authority?
does she understand the rule? What does this mean?
214, 16, 40
against "radical conventionalism"
P. denies the social nature of rules
242 punch line about rule following (no 'must' in German)
Riemann: deeper understanding
objectivity of mathematics and mathematical objects: different issues
3? self-professed skeptics: Berkeley, and Hume (destructive).
W. as Hume.
Roundtable on Perception
3 important topics out of which deals with 2
- fundamental relation between something non-conceptual and something conceptual.
Recognizing (e.g. poker despite the name).
Some rules are part of the meaning, some are not
(against Feyerabend, and Dummett)
- see a flower: implies also judge and think (conceptual).
Empty cup on the bottom of the fish tank, without fish food in it.
Neither right nor wrong to say it empty.
- a thought always contains smthg general, beyond the case
Cat 'pironian'. Peckory (pecari) on the path.
Scope: perception, not conception
Not only an interface. Compulsory if mind a machinery
Experiences have content: alright
No percept without concept (against Kant, not limited to rational animals)
Blind spot in Hilary's theory
Issue of continuity of rational and non-rational animals
The 3 others disagree about what they agree about
Machinery inside (nervous system, or part thereof)
Reject the Cartesian distinction between perception and conception
Cartesian skeptic: gap between the mental and the real
Kantian skeptic: first between senses and appearance. From sensory blindness to sensory consciousness
Analytic and synthetic
Cartesian and Kantian skepticisms entangled. Which one is deeper is not important.
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