Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science

Volume 20, Issue 3, Septiembre 2005

Charles Sayward
Pages 347-352

Steiner versus Wittgenstein
Remarks on Differing Views of Mathematical Truth

Mark Steiner criticizes some remarks Wittgenstein makes about Gödel. Steiner takes Wittgenstein to be disputing a mathematical result. The paper argues that Wittgenstein does no such thing. The contrast between the realist and the demonstrativist concerning mathematical truth is examined. Wittgenstein is held to side with neither camp. Rather, his point is that a realist argument is inconclusive.