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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / L. Paradox / 5. Paradoxes in Set Theory / a. Set theory paradoxes]

Full Idea

The set-theoretical paradoxes are hardly any more troublesome for mathematics than deceptions of the senses are for physics.

Gist of Idea

Set-theory paradoxes are no worse than sense deception in physics


Kurt Gdel (What is Cantor's Continuum Problem? [1964], p.271), quoted by Philip Kitcher - The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge 03.4

Book Reference

Kitcher,Philip: 'The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge' [OUP 1984], p.63