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Frank Ramsey: Truth and Success Hardcover – March 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0415287197 ISBN-10: 0415287197 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415287197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415287197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,832,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Frank Ramsey is as important as any other British philosopher of the last century.' -David Papineau, The Philosophers' Magazine

'For since beginning to occupy myself with philosophy again, sixteen years ago, I have been forced to recognize grave mistakes in what I wrote in that first book. I was helped to realize these mistakes - to a degree which I myself am hardly able to estimate - by the criticism which my idea encountered from Frank Ramsey, with whom I discussed them in numerable conversations during the last two years of his life.' - Ludwig Wittgenstein, preface to Philosophical Investigations

'Of the people at Cambridge who studied the Tractatus in its first year of publication, Ramsey was undoubtedly the most perceptive. Although still an undergraduate, he was commissioned to write a review of Wittgenstein's work for the philosophical journal, Mind. The review remains to this day one of the most reliable expositions, and one of the most penetrating criticisms, of the work.'-Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

'In the twenty-six short years of his life, F.P.Ramsey sowed the seeds of all the most important ideas in twentieth-century philosophy. Pascal Engel and Jérôme Dokic have done an excellent job of explaining Ramsey's contribution, and showing what he might have achieved had he lived.' - David Papineau, Kings College, London

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Original Language: French

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Emmett Brady on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dokic and his coauthor,Engel, do a good job of covering the contributions of Frank Ramsey in this book.For instance,Dokic shows how Ramsey's initial, basically Platonic, view of mathematical entities( and his acceptance of the logicist attempt to base all of mathematics on logical principles) evolved and changed,moving toward an intuitionistic(Brouwer)view of the foundations of mathematics.The book is marred by Dokic's blind acceptance of Ramsey's extremely weak attack on J M Keynes's logical theory of probability that is contained in Keynes's masterpiece,the 1921 A Treatise on Probability.Dokic makes the following claims:"Ramsey makes two criticisms against Keynes.The first is that,for practically every pair of propositions,such as "This is Red" and "This is blue", we do not have the slightest idea of the probability relation between them."(Dokic,p.7).Given that Keynes's probability relations are always conditional,Dokic needed to combine tham in some fashion.Suppose we compare the conditional probability of" This is Red,given that That is red" with "This is Red,given that That is Blue".It is obvious that the first conditional probability is greater than the second,although one can not say how much greater.This problem, in the form of the red-blue books problem(just add "book" after Red or Blue) ,was covered by Keynes in chapter III of the TP to illustrate precisely that point.The point went completely over Ramsey's head.What we can't do is say that the first conditional probability is .7 and the second conditional probability is .6.Of course,Ramsey's error is to believe that all probabilities are point estimates.The second criticism of Keynes is that"...contrary to what Keynes holds,we cannot perceive these probability relations through introspection..."(Dokic,p.7).This is a mere assertion.Read more ›
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