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SUMMARY:Writing the rules of reason: inscriptive practice and the rise of
mathematical logic - David Dunning (Oxford)
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DESCRIPTION:I will introduce my current book project\, Writing the Rules o
f Reason: Inscriptive Practice and the Rise of Mathematical Logic\, in whi
ch I show how logic became a mathematical science and what that transforma
tion meant for enterprises ranging from speculative philosophy to automate
d computing. Between the mid nineteenth century and the outbreak of World
War II\, scholars across Europe and North America replaced the venerable p
rose-based logic of Aristotle with a new and thoroughly mathematical enter
prise. I approach this transformation on the level of practices\, tracking
how writers developed new symbolic systems for representing logic on pape
râ€”systems that eventually became not just tools but objects of scientifi
c inquiry. Each new notation entailed a way of interacting with marks on p
aper\, a manner of training students\, and a vision for why people might n
eed a science of logic. I argue that ultimately the proliferation of notat
ions disciplined students to see any given symbolic system as contingent\,
and to see potential in that contingency. The diversity of the writing pr
actices through which logic became transformed it into a discipline that n
ot only employed symbolic systems but took such systems as its fundamental
concern.\nSpeakers:\nDavid Dunning (Oxford)
LOCATION:Online with Zoom
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URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/a788ec46-be90-43de-a963-3832368118bd/
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