Frank Ramsey and the Realistic Spirit

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Wittgenstein was keen to have it come out in English.


No one at the time, however, took anyone but Ramsey to have done the job. For two weeks, they went over the Tractatus line by line, for 5 hours a day. At this point, Ramsey was the only person who really understood the Tractatus. The list was long. It included Wittgenstein, Keynes, and Broad, but gave no particular importance to Wittgenstein. Schlick wrote to Reichenbach on August 5. He was no longer merely mentioning Wittgenstein, but was fired up about him. He had now read the Annalen version:. Wittgenstein, which appeared in the Annals of Natural Philosophy and which has been edited by Russell in a book version in German and English?

The author lives close to Vienna, and is highly original, also as a human being; the more one studies his treatise, the more one is impressed by it.

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The English translator, a mathematician from Cambridge, whom I met in the s ummer, is also a very intelligent and sophisticated mind. Ramsey, the translator of your work, during his last stay in Vienna. These differences aside, the Circle took Wittgenstein, not unreasonably, to be a kindred spirit.

That was the idea that the truths of logic are tautologies, true, come what may, and hence exempt from the empirical standard of meaningfulness. Their interest in Ramsey in was very much related to this point. They had devoured Principia and the Tractatus. Carnap transcribed parts of it and Schlick scribbled comments on the whole of his copy.

Very interesting.

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Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability. A Dictionary of Logic. Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. The intellectual life was amazingly intense and included a willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries of politics, economics, philosophy, logic and mathematics. Illustrated History Hardcover World Books. Dialectic of the Ladder. Now compare that photo with the one on the upper left of the following webpage about Frank Ramsey:.

Hume had invoked a too-convenient separation of matters of fact and relations of ideas, with statements concerning the latter including mathematical and logical statements simply being exempt from the observational criterion. Mill had made an unsuccessful attempt to treat mathematics as an observable science. The Vienna Circle had been happy to find part of their own answer in the Tractatus.

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This book attempts to explicate and expand upon Frank Ramsey's notion of the realistic spirit. In so doing, it provides a systematic reading of his work, and. “This book is a welcome contribution to the history of analytic philosophy, a field that has been thriving in recent times. Obviously the author is very.

The truths of logic fit with any state of the world. Hence, they make no claims about the world and do not need to be verified by the world. But what about mathematics? Wittgenstein held that mathematical concepts consist of purely syntactic or formal equations. Ramsey argued that mathematical truths, like logical truths, are tautologies. Russell wanted to build up the whole edifice of mathematics from primitive principles, and Ramsey thought he should do it by taking primitive logical and mathematical propositions to be tautologies, so that everything that he built up will be necessarily true.

Ramsey had given them a nice way out of a difficult problem. His resistance manifested itself in a dispute with Ramsey about the nature of identity statements, a dispute that involved the Circle, at least as minor players in the drama.

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It was the first time that Carnap had met Wittgenstein. Carnap wrote in his in his diary afterwards that Wittgenstein was very interesting and original. But he thought that his objections to Ramsey were such that he took a rapid or impulsive position and then tried to find arguments for that assessment. On this second meeting, Wittgenstein dictated a letter to Schlick, for delivery to Ramsey.

Wittgenstein was giving Ramsey the silent treatment, because of an argument they had had in about the value of Freud. Carnap typed the letter, and Wittgenstein then wrote the opening and closing paragraphs by hand. Ramsey to send a response to the logical point not directly to him, but via Schlick. It took Russell by surprise. Ramsey built on this idea to arrive at one of his most fruitful insights.

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What it is to believe a proposition is, in large part, to behave in certain ways, and to take various possibilities as alive or dead. This pragmatist position holds that it is of the essence of a belief that it has a causal impact on our actions. FP: Yes, the assertion of the truth of p is equivalent to the assertion that p. But that leaves all the hard work still ahead of us. The deflationary move must be followed by an examination of belief, judgement, and assertion, which will provide us with a complete theory of truth.

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Belief, he argues, involves a habit or disposition to behave. It is not reducible to behavior, as there is still a mental factor involved. And there are still objective factors to be taken into account. An exact analysis of this relation would be very difficult, but it might well be held that in regard to this kind of belief the pragmatist view was correct, i.

If a belief leads to successful action, it is true. But importantly for his kind of pragmatism, the success of the action must be connected to the belief being related in the right way to the relevant objective factors. At this stage, he thought Wittgenstein might easily join him. He ended the paper by saying:. In conclusion, I must emphasize my indebtedness to Mr.

Wittgenstein, from whom my view of logic is derived. Everything that I have said is due to him, except the parts which have a pragmatist tendency, which seem to me to be needed in order to fill up a gap in his system. But Wittgenstein, Ramsey wrote,.

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Russell declares to be perhaps the most fundamental in Mr. He saw difficulties arising for both. But it is evident that, to say the least, this definition is very incomplete; it can be applied literally only in one case, that of the completely analysed elementary proposition. CN: Wittgenstein treated these as operators on propositions, and thought that we could use such symbols to express things that we cannot state, but can only show.

Ramsey thought that this subverted the simple isomorphic structure that Wittgenstein was supposed to be putting in place. The Tractatus gives us an account of representation, understanding, and truth that is essentially positive.

Palgrave Macmillan Steven Methven Oxford University. This book attempts to explicate and expand upon Frank Ramsey's notion of the realistic spirit.