Mathematics and the Roots of Postmodern Thought

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Mathematics - 189 pages
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This is a charming and insightful contribution to an understanding of the Science Wars between postmodernist humanism and science, driving toward a resolution of the mutual misunderstanding that has driven the controversy. It traces the root of postmodern theory to a debate on the foundations of mathematics early in the 20th century, then compares developments in mathematics to what took place in the arts and humanities, discussing issues as diverse as literary theory, arts, and artificial intelligence. This is a straightforward, easily understood presentation of what can be difficult theoretical concepts It demonstrates that a pattern of misreading mathematics can be seen both on the part of science and on the part of postmodern thinking. This is a humorous, playful yet deeply serious look at the intellectual foundations of mathematics for those in the humanities and the perfect critical introduction to the bases of modernism and postmodernism for those in the sciences.

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Got this out from the USyd library on Gregory Chaitin's (see above [no wonder, it references and praises his work]) recommendation. Although I couldn't say that I'm down with everything that came at ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
4
Around the Cartesian Circuit
8
22 Intuition
11
23 Counting to One
15
Space Oddity and Linguistic Turn
21
Wound of Language
33
41 Being and Time Continuum
37
42 Language and Will
46
Say Hello to the Structure Bubble
101
81 Algebra of Language
102
82 Functionalism Chic
115
Dont Think Look
120
91 Interpolating the Self
124
92 Language Games
128
93 Thermostats Я Us
133
Postmodern Enigmas
139

Beyond the Code
51
51 Medium of Free Becoming
54
52 Nonpresence of Identity
59
The Expired Subject
68
62 Mechanical Bride
78
The Vanishing Author
85
101 Unspeakable Diffťrance
140
102 Dysfunctionalism Chic
155
Notes
160
Select Bibliography
178
Index
184
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Vladimir Tasic is at University of New Brunswick.

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