School Seminars and Colloquia

The Confrontation of Thought and Reality: The Role and Significance of Mathematics in the work of Robert Musil, Hermann Broch and Friedrich Duerrenmatt

School Seminar

by Dale Adams

Institution: The University of Melbourne
Date: Fri 8th August 2008
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: The University of Melbourne Arts Centre, R. 501

Abstract: In this talk I present the results of my thesis on the role
which mathematics, viewed as a paradigm of the confrontation of thought
and reality, plays in the work of three German-speaking writers in the
20th century. These are Robert Musil (1880-1942), Hermann Broch
(1886-1951) and Friedrich Duerrenmatt (1921-1990). The writings of all
three examine the possibilities, conditions and limits of human knowledge,
and I propose that they regarded mathematics as a sphere of intellectual
endeavour which shares many of its essential questions and structures with

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