Modern Europe Workshop - “The Logic of State Building: Nationalism and Formal Logic in Interwar Poland”
“The Logic of State Building: Nationalism and Formal Logic in Interwar Poland”
David E. Dunning, Princeton University
There will be a pre-circulated paper for this workshop. The paper will be available approximately one-week prior to the workshop. A light lunch will be provided.
Mathematical logicians played an outsize role at the University of Warsaw in the early years of the Second Polish Republic. With their research, they sought to glorify their nation by gaining international recognition and influence. Their success in establishing a renowned “Polish School of Logic” reveals a tension between influence and national distinctness: to the extent that their logic was recognized as Polish, it attracted admiration but scant imitation abroad. Their case illustrates both the power and the limits of interwar scientific nationalism.