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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE

DEPARTMENT OF LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

COLLOQUIUM

"Wittgenstein's Remarks on Gödel?"

Abstract:"1) A survey of historical evidence currently available concerning Wittgenstein's attitude toward, and knowledge of, Gödel's first incompleteness theorem, including his discussions with Turing, Watson and others in 1937-1939, and later testimony of Goodstein and Kreisel, as well as some recently discovered 1941 remarks of Wittgenstein's on w-inconsistency and "self-reference"; 2) Discussion of the philosophical and historical importance of Wittgenstein's attitude toward Gödel's and other theorems in mathematical logic; 3) Replies to an instructive criticism of my early 1995 treatment of topics 1) and 2) by Mark Steiner, focussing on the importance of Tarski's semantical work, both for our understanding of Wittgenstein¹s remarks on Gödel, and our understanding of Gödel's theorem itself. 4) Comments on recent work with Putnam on the philosophical significance of Wittgenstein's remarks on Gödel."

Juliet Floyd

Department of Philosophy

Boston University

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

3 pm

SST 777


Juliet Floyd

A Bibliography
Compiled by
Eddie Yeghiayan


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