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Kurt Gödel

Unpublished Philosophical Essays

Editors: Rodriguez-Consuegra, Francisco (Ed.)

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Kurt Gödel, together with Bertrand Russell, is the most important name in logic, and in the foundations and philosophy of mathematics of this century. However, unlike Russel, Gödel the mathematician published very little apart from his well-known writings in logic, metamathematics and set theory. Fortunately, Gödel the philosopher, who devoted more years of his life to philosophy than to technical investigation, wrote hundreds of pages on the philosophy of mathematics, as well as on other fields of philosophy. It was only possible to learn more about his philosophical works after the opening of his literary estate at Princeton a decade ago. The goal of this book is to make available to the scholarly public solid reconstructions and editions of two of the most important essays which Gödel wrote on the philosophy of mathematics. The book is divided into two parts. The first provides the reader with an incisive historico-philosophical introduction to Gödel's technical results and philosophical ideas. Written by the Editor, this introductory apparatus is not only devoted to the manuscripts themselves but also to the philosophical context in which they were written. The second contains two of Gödel's most important and fascinating unpublished essays: 1) the Gibbs Lecture ("Some basic theorems on the foundations of mathematics and their philosophical implications", 1951); and 2) two of the six versions of the essay which Gödel wrote for the Carnap volume of the Schilpp series The Library of Living Philosophers ("Is mathematics syntax of language?", 1953-1959).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 11-14

    Rodríguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.

  • Realism, metamathematics, and the unpublished essays

    Pages 17-42

    Rodríguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.

  • The analytic-synthetic distinction

    Pages 43-69

    Rodríguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.

  • The mathematics-physics analogy

    Pages 71-98

    Rodríguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.

  • The character and origin of the manuscripts in the present edition

    Pages 109-127

    Rodríguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kurt Gödel
Book Subtitle
Unpublished Philosophical Essays
Editors
  • Francisco Rodriguez-Consuegra
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-9248-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-9248-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7643-5310-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-9961-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
235
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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