The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 61–64 | Cite as

Logical dilemmas: The life and work of kurt gödel

  • Craig N. Bach
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    White, Hayden, “The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality,” pg. 5,On Narrative, ed. W.J.T. Mitchell, University of Chicago Press (1981).Google Scholar
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    Ibid., pp. 7–10.Google Scholar
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    The most notable discussions are given in Wang, Hao,Reflections on Kurt Gödel. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: (1987) and Kreisel, Georg. “Kurt Gödel: 1906-1978.”Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 26 (1980): pp. 149–224.Google Scholar
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    Dawson’s stated intention is to provide a background for four seminal papers that influenced Gödel’s work. These papers in turn provide a backdrop for a discussion of Gödel’s main results.Google Scholar
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    It may be illuminating to add that Ludwig Wittgenstein independently developed a truth-table method in his 1921Tractatus Logico Philosophicas. Google Scholar
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    On the close friendship between Gödel and Einstein, Hao Wang remarks, “It is hard to find in history comparable examples of intimacy between such outstanding philosopher-scientists.”Op. cit., pg. 3.Google Scholar
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    Heidegger was not the only person to lay claim to the true philosophy of National Socialism. For an extended discussion, see Sluga, Hans,Heidegger’s Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press (1993).Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig N. Bach
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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and CommunicationsDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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