Hilary Putnam

1926 - 2016

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Hilary Whitehall Putnam (; July 31, 1926 – March 13, 2016) was an American philosopher, mathematician, computer scientist, and figure in analytic philosophy in the second half of the 20th century. He contributed to the studies of philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science. Outside philosophy, Putnam contributed to mathematics and computer science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hilary Putnam has received more than 1,052,732 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Hilary Putnam is the 378th most popular philosopher (down from 305th in 2019), the 1,073rd most popular biography from United States (down from 805th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Philosopher.

Hilary Putnam is most famous for his work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mathematics.

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Among philosophers, Hilary Putnam ranks 378 out of 1,267Before him are Gershom Scholem, Richard Avenarius, Nicephorus Gregoras, Leo Strauss, Ágnes Heller, and Gennadius Scholarius. After him are Masanobu Fukuoka, John of Salisbury, Plutarch of Athens, Saadia Gaon, Karl Rahner, and George Santayana.

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Among people born in 1926, Hilary Putnam ranks 63Before him are Tony Bennett, Maria Schell, Shohei Imamura, Masatoshi Koshiba, Vasily Arkhipov, and Sergio Corbucci. After him are Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Margot Frank, Abdoulaye Wade, Richard Matheson, John Fowles, and Steve Reeves. Among people deceased in 2016, Hilary Putnam ranks 61Before him are Ettore Scola, Harry Kroto, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Reinhard Selten, and Patricio Aylwin. After him are Robert Vaughn, Jacques Rivette, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Michel Tournier, Vesna Vulović, and Sonia Rykiel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hilary Putnam ranks 1,073 out of 20,380Before him are Philip Zimbardo (1933), Jack Kemp (1935), Virginia Satir (1916), Minoru Yamasaki (1912), Joel Schumacher (1939), and Dred Scott (1795). After him are Michelle Phillips (1944), Steve Carell (1962), Brian Dennehy (1938), Percival Lowell (1855), David Caruso (1956), and Joseph Erlanger (1874).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Hilary Putnam ranks 8Before him are George Herbert Mead (1863), Robert Nozick (1938), Judith Butler (1956), Anne Sullivan (1866), Richard Rorty (1931), and John Searle (1932). After him are Ronald Dworkin (1931), Nelson Goodman (1906), Martha Nussbaum (1947), Daniel Dennett (1942), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Murray Bookchin (1921).