[OPE-L:4465] Re: "A Contribution ...," Part IV

Allin Cottrel (cottrell@wfu.edu)
Thu, 20 Mar 1997 19:13:36 -0800 (PST)

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Andrew writes:

"Whom [sic], other than a true believer or misinformed
simpleton, would seek to ground his/her thinking in a body
of work that is not only held in disdain, but is *incoherent
in its own terms*?"

Plenty of people. True, few would _knowingly_ ground their
thinking in an incoherent body of work, but that point is
rather facile. David Hilbert, for instance -- and no
simpleton he -- grounded his thinking on an incoherent
basis, but of course this was not at all obvious, even to
the likes of von Neumann, and it took Kurt Godel to point it

Allin Cottrell