RIP Hilary Putnam (7/31/26-3/13/16)
Perhaps the recent philosopher I respect most. I'm particularly a fan of Reason, Truth and History, "Why Reason Can't Be Naturalized," and "Models and Reality."
I had a long conversation with him once after he gave a talk at UVa. I was pushing some BS line I had recently picked up somewhere, and he was very gracious--but unrelenting--in explaining to me that I was full of shit.
I'm very sorry to hear of his death.