X-Message-Number: 10311
Subject: sigh. more constructivism.
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 19:02:36 -0400
From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>

> I continue interested in the relation of Goedel's Theorem to 
> constructivism. 

I'm not particularly interested.

I will note, though, that all Godel's proof says nothing about
requiring non-constructive methods in one's formal system.

Indeed, Godel should make constructivists shudder as much as anyone
else. After all, he shows you how to construct his string -- indeed,
how to construct an infinite series of Godel strings if you want

BTW, I find the entire notion of trying to escape from Godel by
abandoning formal systems to be silly. Sure, that eliminates Godel --
by eliminating any sort of rigorous metamathematics at all! If you are 
happy eliminating the ability to do rigorous reasoning about
mathematics itself, by all means, continue on with "informal methods".


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