Ray Monk, author of Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius (1990), describes the state of Western philosophy circa 1905 by picking out some of the most influential works of philosophy that were published in or shortly before that year, and describing both these works themselves and their intellectual context. The works discussed will include Henri Poincare’s Science and Hypothesis, Edmund Husserl’s Logical Investigations, Gottlob Frege’s Fundamental Laws of Arithmetic and Bertrand Russell’s “On Denoting”. What he hopes to bring to the surface is how the seminal works of that period established the tone and content of twentieth century philosophy and drew the battlelines of the great philosophical disputes of the last hundred years: Intuitionism versus Logicism, Phenomenology versus Analytic Philosophy, etc.

This lecture is part of Einstein Fest at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Go here to download.