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The Reception of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems

John W. Dawson, Jr.
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1984, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1984), pp. 253-271
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192508
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The Reception of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems
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Abstract

According to several commentators, Kurt Gödel's incompleteness discoveries were assimilated promptly and almost without objection by his contemporaries - - a circumstance remarkable enough to call for explanation. Careful examination reveals, however, that there were doubters and critics, as well as defenders and rival claimants to priority. In particular, the reactions of Carnap, Bernays, Zermelo, Post, Finsler, and Russell, among others, are considered in detail. Documentary sources include unpublished correspondence from Gödel's Nachlass.

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