proof of gods and goblins

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Fri Nov 10 23:31:27 MST 1995


On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, Robert Peter Burns wrote:

>  within formal systems of logic and mathematics.  At some point
>  some proposition<s> must be "taken on faith".  <As a boy, Bertrand
>  Russell wouldn't accept at first the axioms of Euclidean geometry
>  until he was told that he had to in order to progress in the subject>

	But he took his stubborn rationalism to a higher (might I say
dialectical?) level with his and Whitehead's work on the Principia
Mathematica, didn't he?  -- It took Goedel to put the nagging doubt back
in Set Theory...

	(BTW:  The Russell Archives are, for some STRANGE reason, here in
Hamilton, Ontario -- a mere hour's walk from where I sit..!)



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