Juliet Floyd (Boston): In and Out of Mind: Wittgenstein and Gödel, Post and Turing

Thursday, 25 July 2019, 17:00

University of Vienna, Main Ceremonial Chamber, Universitätsring 1

This public lecture is part of the international conference Kurt Gödel's Legacy – Does Future Lie in the Past.

Models of mind entered and exited the foundations of logic and mathematics in the twentieth century, tossed and shaped by the seas of truth, completeness, incompleteness, and undecidability. Mathematics and its modern methods are still surrounded by important philosophical problems. But the real outlines of the historical debate are not well-known and the subtler philosophical issues at stake are often ignored. Juliet Floyd shall compare and contrast Wittgenstein, Gödel, Post and Turing on what classical limitative results about logic and the foundations of mathematics do and do not show us about "the mind". She will also discuss the very idea of "post-human" AI in relation to these themes and the Vienna Circle's legacy of scientific humanism.

Prof. Juliet Floyd: A philosopher of logic, mathematics and science, Prof. Floyd´s research focuses on the interplay between logic and philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries. She is especially known for her work on Wittgenstein's philosophy of logic and mathematics, but writes widely about such notions as the nature and limitations of philosophical and axiomatic methods, logic and foundations of mathematics, simplicity and modernism in mathematics and the arts, skepticism and rule-following, the concepts of "rigor" and the "everyday" in early twentieth-century philosophy, and the history of American philosophy and pragmatism in relation to European twentieth century analytic philosophy (Vienna Circle, Carnap, Quine, Putnam, Rawls, Cavell). She is currently working on a manuscript treating the impact on Wittgenstein in the mid-1930s of Turing's and Gödel's undecidability and incompleteness results.

Admission is free. Get your free ticket at http://bit.ly/30C3koW.
After the lecture, you are welcome to take part in an informal reception.

This public lecture of Kurt Gödel's Legacy is also the 27th Vienna Circle Lecture 2019.


Großer Festsaal der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien