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Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge 1939

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s/t: From the Notes of R.G. Bosanquet, Norman Malcolm, Rush Rhees & Yorick Smythies
For several terms at Cambridge in 1939, Wittgenstein lectured on the philosophical foundations of mathematics. A lecture class taught by him 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 use
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY)
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Harry
Oct 28, 2010 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great treat for all Wittgenstein enthusiasts. Alan Turing, who had also taught a course with the same title (but not the same subject, it turns out) is present at most of the lectures, and their disagreements form a large part of the book. In page 95 Turing says "I see your point", to which Wittgenstein replies (in an exasperated manner, one would assume) "I have no point." Beautiful.
Erik Graff
Jun 09, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wittgenstein fans
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Ellos
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While at Loyola University Chicago I served as a teaching assistant for a number of their philosophy faculty and one member of the linguistics department, but mostly I worked for Father Bill Ellos either full- or, if shared with someone else, part-time. Since there were so many Jesuit collegians at the school, the position was almost entirely research oriented, teaching positions being reserved for them. My only experience teaching there was in logic.

Bill's own dissertation was on Wittgenstein,
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stephen
it is hard to make one of these reviews about these lectures.
a chatty wittgenstein is very interesting to read.
if you've read much of his work, you'll know where this is heading, and it heads to those places--but you get some of the riffing, which is not present in the same way in even the more expansive of his written works.

probably not the best way in to wittgenstein, but if you're already in, a lovely and entertaining part of the pool to swim about in---the places where he'll say "all that i
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David
Aug 04, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this when our County Library system still had inter-library loan before the budget cuts took that perk away. The book looked as though it had never been opened, and I suspect it may be the only copy in the entire State, having come from a small college library collection. The interchanges between Turing and Wittgenstein are some of the most interesting parts of the Q/A during these lectures. This is one book I need to acquire for another look. It has been almost twenty years since my first ...more
Zedder
Mar 16, 2007 Zedder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to understand the basis for the resolute reading of Wittgenstein, just read these lectures, edited (or some might say "composed") by Cora Diamond. It's an easy read, and much more clear than Witters' own "Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics".
Nick Black
Apr 30, 2011 Nick Black is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this in March or so, but put it down and can't find it now...argh!
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Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

Described by Bertrand Russell as "the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived, passionate, profound, intense, and dominating", he helped inspire t
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