The Twin Earth CHronicles


In 1975 Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam published a paper called "The Meaning of `Meaning'" in which he challenged the orthodox views in the philosophies of language and mind. The article's “Twin Earth” thought experiment was simple but the philosophical conclusions deriving from it—about the nature of meaning and reference, of thought, of knowledge—were shocking.

     In The Twin Earth Chronicles Andrew Pessin and Sanford Goldberg have collected the very best of the writing by the leading philosophers on the subject of Twin Earth. With a new introductory essay by Hilary Putnam himself, this volume will acquaint novice philosophers with one of the most important debates in twentieth-century philosophy and provide seasoned readers with a useful compendium of writings on essential questions in the philosophies of language and mind.

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