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Saul A. Kripke (1940–2022)

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Born in Bay Shore, New York, the son of a rabbi (Myer Samuel) and a writer (Dorothy Karp), Saul Kripke demonstrated his genius to his startled parents when he was only 3 years old. He not only drew the logical consequences of ordinary beliefs, but also solved intricate problems in mathematics. As a vis mere child prodigy, he was presented by his father to distinguished mathematicians and philosophers, who were overwhelmed by his talents. His father introduced him at the age of 15 to a group of eminent mathematicians, headed by Haskell B. Curry. From his debut grew his first published article, "A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic," which appeared in the Journal of Symbolic Logic. Kripke's boyhood genius did not flicker out in the 1960s, when he studied at Harvard, Oxford, Princeton and Rockefeller University or, more accurately, when he worked independently at these institutions and had occasional contact with his surroundings. His academic training was unique. He ascended directly to full professorships, without ever earning a doctorate. In fact, his highest academic degree was a B.A. from Harvard University, which he received in 1962. Kripkenever earned a doctorate, because no academician could be found to teach him. Consequently, the universities let him alone and admitted him to their faculties when he said he was ready. Slow to publish his lectures, Kripke nonetheless released a few articles, which he published exclusively in technical journals of philosophy and mathematics. So far his work has extended the boundaries of the most abstruse field of analytic philosophy, modal logic. He is esteemed for having invented the quantitative formulations of modality and for having opened up the ontological territory of possible worlds. At the age of 36, he was appointed James McCosh Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. Kripke's awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (1962), Guggenheim Fellowship (1968), and a Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (1981). His work, esoteric as it may seem to a public acquainted with such "social" philosophers as John Dewey or Jean-Paul Sartre, has created new fields in mathematical set theory and modal logic, which will generate Ph.D. theses for years to come. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Image credit: Prof. Saul A. Kripke. Photo credit: Robert P. Matthews, 1983 (photo courtesy of Princeton University)

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Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2002) — Bidragyder — 289 eksemplarer
Western Philosophy: An Anthology (1996) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver186 eksemplarer
Knowledge: Readings in Contemporary Epistemology (2000) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology (2004) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer

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This is, and should be, a classic in philosophy. It is a rebirth of metaphysics, which was killed of by the logical positivists. It demonstrates the necessity and shows the metaphysical problems in a world that has undergone the revolution of modern science and gives solutions to them that other philosophers will not have thought of. It demystifices possible world semantics and introduces rigid designation, it also breaks the link between necessity and a prioricism that gradually had become unconceivable to question in the history of philosophy.

I believe, his metaphysical results are very relevant to philosophy of mind, which is my main interest. But his ability to question previous philosophical tradition in metaphysics is missing in his philosophy of mind (specifically a Cartesian outlook). This is not just a question of that I disagree with him as he seems oblivious to obvious counter-arguments. Philosophy of mind must have changed so radically between this book was published 45 years ago and when I first studied it 20 years ago.
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sharder | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 17, 2017 |
Any philosopher should know Wittgenstein through Saul Kripke
 
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vegetarian | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 13, 2012 |
This series of lectures is best passed over by anyone not thoroughly interested in the picayune quibbles and splitting of imaginary hairs that dominates modern academic metaphysics. Although, if you happen to enjoy non-sequiturs, category errors, equivocation of terms, or a dogged determination to draw ridiculous conclusions from implausible premises, then you might find some mild amusement in this book - though, to be honest, it doesn't score quite as well in any of those categories as certain works by David Lewis.… (mere)
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