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Hilary Putnam

1926 - 2016

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Hilary Whitehall Putnam (; July 31, 1926 – March 13, 2016) was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist, and a major figure in analytic philosophy in the second half of the 20th century. He made significant contributions to 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 889,700 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Hilary Putnam is the 309th most popular philosopher (down from 307th in 2019), the 805th most popular biography from United States (down from 760th in 2019) and the 6th 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 309 out of 1,081Before him are Johann Reuchlin, Miskawayh, Abraham ibn Ezra, Anne Sullivan, Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, and Asanga. After him are Speusippus, Jacobus Arminius, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Ammonius Saccas, Justus Lipsius, and Sebastian Brant.

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Among people born in 1926, Hilary Putnam ranks 41Before him are Jack Brabham, Vivian Maier, Richard Crenna, Neal Cassady, Necmettin Erbakan, and Beji Caid Essebsi. After him are Louise Hay, Maria Schell, Irwin Rose, Mel Brooks, Valdas Adamkus, and Ingeborg Bachmann. Among people deceased in 2016, Hilary Putnam ranks 39Before him are Věra Čáslavská, Bernardo Provenzano, Gene Wilder, George Gaynes, James Cronin, and Walter Scheel. After him are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Michael Cimino, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, René Angélil, Robert Vaughn, and Reinhard Selten.

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Among people born in United States, Hilary Putnam ranks 805 out of 18,182Before him are Charles H. Townes (1915), Joseph Campbell (1904), Robert Solow (1924), Danny Glover (1946), John Belushi (1949), and Theodore Schultz (1902). After him are Stanford Moore (1913), Ice-T (1958), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Louise Hay (1926), Christopher Lambert (1957), and Bugsy Siegel (1906).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Hilary Putnam ranks 6Before him are John Rawls (1921), George Herbert Mead (1863), Robert Nozick (1938), John Searle (1932), and Anne Sullivan (1866). After him are Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Judith Butler (1956), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Nelson Goodman (1906).