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Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge, 1939

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For several terms at Cambridge in 1939, Ludwig Wittgenstein lectured on the philosophical foundations of mathematics. A lecture class taught by Wittgenstein, however, hardly resembled a lecture.

He sat on a chair in the middle of the room, with some of the class sitting in chairs, some on the floor. He never used notes. He paused frequently, sometimes for several minutes, while he puzzled out a problem. He often asked his listeners questions and reacted to their replies. Many meetings were largely conversation.

These lectures were attended by, among others, D. A. T. Gasking, J. N. Findlay, Stephen Toulmin, Alan Turing, G. H. von Wright, R. G. Bosanquet, Norman Malcolm, Rush Rhees, and Yorick Smythies. Notes taken by these last four are the basis for the thirty-one lectures in this book.

The lectures covered such topics as the nature of mathematics, the distinctions between mathematical and everyday languages, the truth of mathematical propositions, consistency and contradiction in formal systems, the logicism of Frege and Russell, Platonism, identity, negation, and necessary truth. The mathematical examples used are nearly always elementary.

Book News Annotation:

Peter T. Geach, A.C. Jackson, and K. Shah kept meticulous notes from the last formal course that Wittgenstein taught at Cambridge in 1947. To preserve the actual words of Wittgenstein, this volume compiles all three sets of notes with no attempt to conflate or edit them beyond rendering them into lucid English. Topics covered by the notes in this volume include the private language argument, the grammar of sensation statements, certainty and experimentation in psychology. No index. No bibliography. Reprint of the Cornell U. Press 1976 edition. Using notes taken by four students, Diamond, (philosophy, U. of Virginia) has reconstructed thirty-one lectures given by Ludwig Wittgenstein in 1939. The result is a clearer exposition of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics than can be found in the manuscript selections published as Remarks on the foundations of mathematics.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

For several terms at Cambridge in 1939, Ludwig Wittgenstein lectured on the philosophical foundations of mathematics. A lecture class taught by Wittgenstein, however, hardly resembled a lecture.

Synopsis:

From his return to Cambridge in 1929 to his death in 1951, Wittgenstein influenced philosophy almost exclusively through teaching and discussion. These lecture notes indicate what he considered to be salient features of his thinking in this period of his life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references.

About the Author

Cora Diamond is professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface

The Lectures, I-XXXI

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226904269
Editor:
Diamond, Cora
Other:
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Editor:
Diamond, Cora
Author:
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Author:
Diamond, Cora
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Addresses, essays, lectures
Subject:
Mathematics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
IWR-105
Publication Date:
19891031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.60x5.62x.65 in. .79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , For several terms at Cambridge in 1939, Ludwig Wittgenstein lectured on the philosophical foundations of mathematics. A lecture class taught by Wittgenstein, however, hardly resembled a lecture.
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From his return to Cambridge in 1929 to his death in 1951, Wittgenstein influenced philosophy almost exclusively through teaching and discussion. These lecture notes indicate what he considered to be salient features of his thinking in this period of his life.

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