Philip Jourdain

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Philip Jourdain
Born 1879
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Died 1919
Crookham, Hampshire
Occupation Editor and mathematician
Spouse(s) Yes
Parent(s) Emily Clay and Francis Jourdain

Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain (16 October 1879 – 1 October 1919) was a British logician and follower of Bertrand Russell.

He was born in Ashbourne in Derbyshire[1] one of a large family belonging to Emily Clay and his father Francis Jourdain (who was the vicar at Ashbourne).[2] He was partly disabled by Friedreich's ataxia. He corresponded with Georg Cantor and Gottlob Frege, and took a close interest in the paradoxes related to Russell's paradox, formulating the card paradox version of the liar paradox.[2] He corresponded with Ludwig Wittgenstein, meeting with him in Cambridge to discuss Frege's book Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, of parts of which Jourdain had prepared a translation. He also worked on algebraic logic, and the history of science with Isaac Newton as a particular study. He was London editor for The Monist.

His sister Eleanor Jourdain was an English academic and author.


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