Hartry H. Field (born November 30, 1946) is an American philosopher. He is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University and a notable contributor to philosophy of language, mind, and mathematics.
|Born||30 November 1946|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind, epistemology|
|Mathematical fictionalism, epistemic rejectionism|
Education and careerEdit
Field earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University under the direction of Hilary Putnam. He taught first at Princeton University, and then at the University of Southern California and City University of New York Graduate Center before joining the NYU faculty.
Field's 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.
- Science Without Numbers, Blackwell, 1980
- Realism, Mathematics and Modality, Blackwell, 1989
- Truth and the Absence of Fact, Oxford University Press 2001
- Saving Truth from Paradox, Oxford University Press, 2008
- The rejectionist position rejects implicit definitions that involve existential commitments—see Bob Hale and Crispin Wright, The Reason's Proper Study, Oxford University Press, 2001, p. 355.
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- Professor Hartry Field - Department of Philosophy - University of Birmingham
- Yablo, Stephen. "Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?" Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72.1 (1998) p. 231.
- John Locke Lectures Archived 2008-10-21 at the Wayback Machine - Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford