Faculty Publications

Title

Strategic use of the unsayable: Paradox as argument in gödel's theorem

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Epistemology, Gödel's Theorem (or Gödel), Mathematics, Paradox, Rhetoric

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Quarterly Journal of Speech

Volume

84

Issue

1

First Page

80

Last Page

93

Abstract

Gödel's Theorem was the mathematical proof that has been said to mark the loss of certainty in formal logic; Lyotard named it as the beginning of the post-modern reformulation of the nature of knowledge. Gödel's proof is also an eloquent paradigm-changing text, demonstrating the inability of language, however perfect, to represent reality in a way that guarantees unambiguous communication. Instead, he uses paradox as an alternative form of argument that creates certainty through performance. © 1998 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

2-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1080/00335639809384205

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