[FOM] FW: Lost Logician

Edwin Mares Edwin.Mares at vuw.ac.nz
Wed Mar 6 19:06:00 EST 2013

Hi all,

Thanks to those of you who wrote me about Stahls who have worked on modal logic. It turns out that Lewis misspelled the name in his manuscript. It is Strahl, not Stahl. I just received a copy of the correspondence between Lewis and Hans Reichenbach, who was Strahl’s doctoral supervisor. This is what Reichenbach says this in a letter of 3 March 1935:

“You know the doctor[al]-dissertation of Dr. Wilhelm Strahl, one of my Berlin students, who showed me a letter from you. He is to leave Germany now on account of Jewish descent. Do you think it is possible of getting means for him to continue his studies at Harvard? There is the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars (2 West 45th Street, New York City); if you could do there anything for him, it would be kind of you.”

Lewis couldn’t find any funding for Strahl, but offered him a non-paying research fellowship. Whether Strahl took up this offer, I don’t know.

Ed Mares

From: fom-bounces at cs.nyu.edu [mailto:fom-bounces at cs.nyu.edu] On Behalf Of Donald Stahl
Sent: Tuesday, 25 December 2012 12:31 p.m.
Subject: [FOM] FW: Lost Logician

From: philostahl at hotmail.com
To: palma at ukzn.ac.za
Subject: RE: [FOM] Lost Logician
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:28:56 -0600
Actually, three Stahls did modal logic. You can find a modal logic paper by the third one at:   http://independent.academia.edu/DonaldStahl .

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Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:55:25 +0200
From: palmaadriano at gmail.com<mailto:palmaadriano at gmail.com>
To: fom at cs.nyu.edu<mailto:fom at cs.nyu.edu>
Subject: Re: [FOM] Lost Logician
Stahl, Daniel 1656  Notae et animadversiones in Compendium dialecticae D. Conradi
Horneii. Jenae.

one stahl I found... not yours...
happy new year

(incredibly both Stahl did modal logics)

On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM, Edwin Mares <Edwin.Mares at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:Edwin.Mares at vuw.ac.nz>> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm looking for information about W. Stahl. He was a logician who earned his PhD in Germany in the early 1930s. He is mentioned in a manuscript that I am editing by C.I. Lewis. He wrote a thesis, perhaps under Reichenbach, titled {\em Untersuchungen zur Modalit{\"{a}}tslogik}. I would be grateful for any information about Stahl himself (including his first name) or his thesis.

Ed Mares

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