[FOM] late 19th/early 20th C women in foundations

WILLIAM TAIT williamtait at mac.com
Fri Mar 10 19:03:04 EST 2017

Thanks for that, Alice. I hadn’t known about Welby. But Brouwer: an interest in communicative acts? —maybe it was just theoretical. 


> On Mar 10, 2017, at 2:15 PM, Alice ter Meulen <alicetermeulen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Sara - 
> You may want to note that Brouwer, who was an intuitionistic logician at the University of Amsterdam at the time of the foundational discussions of logic and mathematics and their relation, is described as follows “ A large part of his career was devoted to furthering the development of significs, an analysis of communicative acts starting from the ideas laid down by Victoria, Lady Welby in her paper “Sense, Meaning and Interpretation” (Welby, 1896). Brouwer was also involved in that project.”  - cited from the website 
> 	https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/brouwer/
> which is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a useful source.
> Welby’s paper is referenced as 
> 	Welby, V., 1896, “Sense, Meaning and Interpretation”, Mind, N.S., 5(17):24–37; (18):186–202.
> So it should be available in your library.
> Perhaps this would constitute an answer to your query?
> All the best - 
> Alice ter Meulen
> London
>> On 8 Mar 2017, at 21:45, Sara L. Uckelman <s.l.uckelman at durham.ac.uk> wrote:
>> It's International Women's Day and I'm preparing for tomorrow's seminar
>> on formalism; these two things together led me to a question which if
>> anyone can answer, it's the collective knowledge of FOM:
>> In the late 19th/early 20th C foundational tradition of Cantor-Dedekind-
>> Frege-Russell-Hilbert, etc., were there any female contributors?  I
>> know that post-Godel there are certainly people writing on foundations/
>> philosophy of math, but I'm interested in people who were actually
>> working at the time foundational questions were being formulated as
>> well as being answered.
>> Thanks,
>> -Sara
>> -- 
>> Dr. Sara L. Uckelman
>> Department of Philosophy
>> Durham University
>> https://www.dur.ac.uk/philosophy/staff/?id=12928
>> The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources
>> http://dmnes.org/
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