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Hartry Field
Born 30 November 1946
Alma mater "Harvard University
Era "20th-century philosophy
Region "Western philosophy
"School "Analytic
"Mathematical fictionalism
Main interests
"Philosophy of mathematics
Notable ideas
"Mathematical fictionalism

Hartry H. Field (born November 30, 1946[1]) is an American philosopher. He is Silver Professor of Philosophy at "New York University and notable contributor to philosophy of language, mind, and mathematics. He previously taught at "Princeton University, the "University of Southern California and The Graduate Center of the "City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from "Harvard University under the direction of "Hilary Putnam.



His first work was a commentary on "Alfred Tarski's theory of "truth, which he has worked on since 1972. His current view on this matter is in favor of a "deflationary theory of truth. His most influential work produced in this period is probably "Theory Change and the Indeterminacy of Reference" (Journal of Philosophy, 70, 14: 462-481), in which he introduced the concept of partial "denotation.

In the 1980s, Field started a project in the "philosophy of mathematics discussing "mathematical fictionalism, the doctrine that all mathematical statements are merely useful fictions, and should not be taken to be literally true. More precisely, Field holds that the existence of "sets may be denied, in opposition to "Quine and "Putnam.[2]

Field is also Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy, "University of Birmingham, UK.[3]

Much of his current work is in the semantic "paradoxes. In 2008, he gave the "John Locke Lectures, entitled "Logic, Normativity, and Rational Revisability."[4]


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  1. ^ "Field, Hartry H(amlin) 1946- - Dictionary definition of Field, Hartry H(amlin) 1946- | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  2. ^ Yablo, Stephen. "Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?" Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72.1 (1998) p. 231.
  3. ^ Professor Hartry Field - Department of Philosophy - University of Birmingham
  4. ^ John Locke Lectures Archived 2008-10-21 at the "Wayback Machine. - Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

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