FOM: avoiding work

Harvey Friedman friedman at
Fri Feb 26 04:34:04 EST 1999

On 4:33PM 2/25/99, I replied to Simpson as follows:

>Harvey, thanks for your concise put-down of second-order logic in 24
>Feb 1999 20:08:49.  This is a much better formulation of some of the
>points that I have been trying to make.
>By the way Harvey, what's your opinion of the views of your Ohio State
>University colleague, Stewart Shapiro, as expressed in his book
>`Foundations Without Foundationalism: A Case for Second-order Logic'?
I'd like to use an old saying:

my colleagues, right or wrong!


It now appears that my response may have been misunderstood. It was pointed
out to me that I have been neglecting many important threads in the FOM,
and so I seized the opportunity to write my posting 24 Feb 1999 20:08:49.

But I am far too busy and/or lazy to fairly evaluate books at this time,
and so I make this cute remark in order to get out of making any kind of
legitimate response to Steve! I have always found Shapiro's presentations
at OSU to be interesting, provacative, and rewarding. My remark doesn't
even indicate whether or not I agree with Stewart. It was just a way of
avoiding work.

More information about the FOM mailing list