Logic, mathematics and universal language brings together thirty-nine articles written by Louis Couturat (1868-1914) on the philosophy of logic, mathematics and language. Published between 1893 and 1917 in various journals, notably the Revue de métaphysique et morale, they have been brought together here for the first time in a single volume.
Centred on logic and the philosophy of mathematics and language considered from the point of view of universal language, they bear witness to the vigorous links which existed at the time between science and philosophy.
The articles contribute to our understanding of the rationalist positions which Couturat defended at the turn of the twentieth century when philosophy was being profoundly transformed by logicism on the one hand, and by Bergsonism on the other. They also shed new light on movements of thought on the eve of the Second World War, when the Société française de philosophie (French Philosophical Society) was being established and the first international conferences were bringing scholars together from different countries.