Abstract Objectivity: Richard J. Bernstein's critique of Hilary Putnam
Richard J. Bernstein and the Pragmatic Turn in Contemporary Philosophy. Edited by Judith Green and Hugh McDonald (New York: Palgrave MacMillan), 2014
Posted: 24 May 2019
Date Written: 2014
This article explores Bernstein's claim that Putnam's sense of moral objectivity suffers from a type of abstract quality that betrays the spirit of pragmatic philosophy. We defend Putnam in a qualified manner, drawing upon his discussion in The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy.
Keywords: moral theory, ethics, Hilary Putnam, Richard J. Bernstein, pragmatism, objectivity, rationality, Amartya Sen, capabilities, fact/value dichotomy
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