MARXISM & MATH: VAN HEIJENOORT ON ENGELS
rdumain at igc.apc.org
Mon Apr 10 00:37:04 MDT 1995
MARXISM AND MATHEMATICS - 3
I believe the following is the book that contains the essay I
mentioned on Engels and mathematics:
Van Heijenoort, Jean, 1912-
Selected essays / Jean van Heijenoort. Napoli : Bibliopolis;
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Distributed in the U.S.A. by
Humanities Press, c1985.
Series title: History of logic ; 3.
If anyone intends to look it up (I don't believe I ever did),
please let me know.
Van Heijenoort was Trotsky's bodyguard. Under various pseudonyms
(eg. Gerland) he took part in some intra-party debates over
dialectical logic. (Trotsky and George Novack initiated an
orthodoxy whose embarrassing ineptitude carries down to the
present day.) In 1948 he gave up politics and launched a
reknowned career in mathematical logic. One of his parting shots
at Marxism was an essay (unpublished until this book came out)
criticizing Engels for a failure to understand the mathematics of
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