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Hilary Putnam
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Philosopher
    (July 31, 1926-March 13, 2016)
    Wrote 'Reason, Truth, and History,' 'The Threefold Cord' and 'Realism with a Human Face'
    Yes, despite fact that his first name is 'Hilary,' he is a man.
    At least during one point in his career, he was an anti-realist and believed that if there is a reality beyond our perceptions, then we can never know it.
    He grew up in Chicago, France, and Philadelphia.
    His work is considered to be some of the greatest analytic philosophy of the 20th century.
    Throughout his career, he came up with many interesting and readable taught experiments (i.e. an ant who traces the face of Winston Churchill in the sand, or Twin Earth where everything was the same except for the chemical composition of water).
    One such thought experiment, the brains in a vat scenario, was one of the main inspirations for the film, 'The Matrix.'
    He served as the President of the American Philosophical Association.
    His most famous quote is 'Meanings ain't in the head.'
    He was a fully tenured professor at Harvard who taught alongside of Robert Nozick, John Rawls, and Willard Van Orman Quine.

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