Collapse of the Fact/ Value distinction. Putnam, H.

Putnam, following John Dewey, casts doubt on the hard and fast distinction often made by people about the separation between facts and values. Putnam, does this, first by tracing the origin of this separation to Hume; subsequently, Putnam undermines the epistemological assumptions of Hume and the “crude empiricists” that gave rise to this distinction. Furthermore, there is also essays on more technical matters casting doubt on the distinction in ethics between description and prescription. It also contains essays with the question “are values made or discovered?” It is comprised of a series of lectures Putnam gave on the topic which is germane to Sam Harris’s latest book. It is also very accessible, while somewhat “technical” in parts.

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