Thursday, May 18, 2006


Priest and not-Priest

I broached at the end of my last post the difficulties surrounding questions about the relationship between pre-axiomatic theories and their axiomatic counterparts. I still don't have anything useful to say on the matter, but two of my former professors - Stewart Shapiro and Graham Priest - do, and they're saying it right now over at the Online Philosophy Conference.

There's some really interesting stuff in their papers about the status of logic and of axioms in mathematics, the nature and history of mathematical reasoning, and about diatheism and the possibilities it opens up regarding the study of the mathematical universe. Go check it out.

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Thanks for the tip. If I remember correctly, Priest did this paper here in St. Andrews, but for some mysterious reason I could not make it. Looking forward to reading it though.
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