By Nicholas Griffin, Bernard Linsky
This selection of fifteen new essays marks the centenary of the 1910 to 1913 book of the enormous Principia Mathematica via Alfred N. Whitehead and Bertrand Russell. The papers research the impression of PM at the improvement of symbolic good judgment within the 20th century, Russell's philosophy of good judgment and his software of lowering arithmetic to common sense, the exact concept of logical kinds that offers a reaction to the paradoxes of good judgment that Russell and others found round 1900, in addition to the main points of a few of the mathematical theories within the 3 volumes of symbolic proofs.
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The appreciation of Russell’s work, expressed in this citation, is beyond question. But can one conclude from this that Hilbert was a logicist? We have some doubts. It is known that Hilbert was attracted by the logicism of Dedekind, exposed in the seminal essay Was sind und was sollen die Zahlen (1888); see Ferreirós (2009). Sieg and Schlimm (2005: 156f) say ‘Hilbert is a logicist in Dedekind’s spirit at that point [around 1900], and it is no accident that, as late as 1917–18, he was attracted by attempts to provide a logicist foundation of mathematics’.
5 In brief, then, the sources suggest that the situation in Göttingen in 1910 was that Hilbert had already a quite advanced picture of the (problematic) situation in the foundations of mathematics; he was entirely motivated by mathematical questions and philosophical concerns were, at best, secondary. However, he already noticed the importance of logic in this enterprise. 6 As one example, we may mention Russell’s Principles of Mathematics: From a modern perspective, this book was an important contribution to promoting the foundations of mathematics, but it seems to have escaped Hilbert’s attention.
Post goes on to state with crystal clarity his aim of proving general theorems about logical systems, rather than giving a detailed development of a particular formal system, as Whitehead and Russell did in Principia Mathematica. We here wish to emphasize that the theorems of this paper are about the logic of propositions but are not included therein. More particularly, whereas the propositions of Principia are particular assertions introduced for their interest and usefulness in later portions of the work, those of the present paper are about the set of all such possible 16 Alasdair Urquhart assertions.