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Introduction; 1. The Road to Semantic Externalism; i. The Legacy of Positivism; ii. A New Theory of Natural Kind Terms; iii. Early Putnam and Scientific Naturalism; iv. The Meaning of 'Meaning'; v. The Scope of Putnam's Externalism; vi. Conclusion; 2, Externalism, Realism and Skepticism; i. Benedict Putnam?; ii. Scientific Realism and Metaphysical Realism; iii. The Model Theoretic Argument; iv. Verificationist Semantics?; v. Internal Realism; vi. Brains in a Vat; vii. Conceptual Relativity; viii. Conclusion; 3. Mind, Body and World; i. The Rise of Functionalism; ii. The Fall of Computational Functionalism; iii. Externalism and Content; iv. Problems with Perception; 4. The Collapse of the Absolute Perspective; i. Putnam's Pragmatism; ii. Collapse of the Fact/Value Distinction; iii. Implications for Religion, Politics and other Discourses; iv. The Future of Philosophy.

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Lance P. Hickey has a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University, USA. Most recently he has taught at Yale University, Sacred Heart University and Southern Connecticut State University, USA.

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