New Podcast: A full reading of a Kurt Gödel lecture!

Posted by Gary Geck on July 2nd, 2011

Kurt Gödel has been called the greatest logician since Aristotle and A Genius at odds with the Zietgeist.  I have just released an mp3 of my reading of his 1961 (undelivered) lecture titled, “The Modern Development Of The Foundations Of Mathematics In The Light Of Philosophy”.

You can the link to open it in iTunes, etc. on my podcast page or access the mp3 directly below:

Full Kurt Gödel Lecture

It should become very clear that Gödel was a lone voice in his age of logical positivism, skepticism and analytical philosophy such as Harvard’s Dr. Willard Quine’s variety.  Quine of course called the higher reaches of Set Theory mere mathematical recreation, a view clearly at odds with Gödel’s.  According to Dr. Richard Tieszen of San Jose University, “The three philosophers Gödel found most congenial to his own way of thinking were Plato, Leibniz and Husserl.”  In fact Gödel saw much of Western Thought as being on the wrong path since it had strayed from the influence of Leibniz in the 18th Century.  It is surprising that Gödel promotes Kant (albeit in a modified form) with much enthusiasm in this lecture when Kant certainly helped to hasten the demise of Leibnizianism.  Kant once called Plato’s work ‘babble’.

Edit: Part 1 of 2 of the Video versions is now up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64uF7rlD2jA

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