as flimsy a foundation as mathematics itself

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No century before the twentieth could have been shocked by the revelation that the social contract is founded on as flimsy a foundation as mathematics itself. It was partly for this work that Arrow won the 1972 the Nobel Prize in economics (shared with John R. Hicks)
I don't understand why the author says "as flimsy as mathematics ". Is it means that many mathematical problem are not yet solved ?
 
  • owlman5

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    I am not sure why the author chose "flimsy" here. I think it means that the author is not convinced by mathematical reasoning, that he regards the reasoning to be shaky, as are any assumptions about the "social contract".
     
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