On Saying What You Really Want to Say: Wittgenstein, Gödel, and the Trisection of the Angle

  • Juliet Floyd
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 251)


Wittgenstein’s remarks on the first incompleteness theorem1 have often been denounced, and mostly dismissed. Despite indirect historical evidence to the contrary,2 it is a commonplace that Wittgenstein rejected Gödel’s proof because he did not, or even could not, understand it.3 Kreisel twice used the word “wild” when he reviewed Wittgenstein on Göde1.4 Dummett, in many respects an admirer of Wittgenstein’s philosophy, wrote that the remarks on Gödel and on the notion of consistency are “of poor quality or contain definite errors”.5 Gödel’s own comments were damning (see Section III below).


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  • Juliet Floyd
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  1. 1.City College, City University of New YorkBoston UniversityUSA

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