On Truth

On Truth : Original Manuscript Materials (1927-1929) from the Ramsey Collection at the University of Pittsburgh

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The present publication forms part of a projected book that F. P. Ramsey drafted but never completed. It survived among his papers and ultimately came into the possession of the University of Pittsburgh in the circumstances detailed in the Editor's Introduction. Our hope in issuing this work at this stage - some sixty years after Ramsey's premature death at the age of 26 - is both to provide yet another token of his amazing philosophical creativity, and also to make available an important datum for the still to be written history of the development of philosophical analysis. This is a book whose appearance will, we hope and expect, be appreciated both by those interested in linguistic philosophy itself and by those concerned for its historical development in the present century. EDITORS'INTRODUCTION 1. THE RAMSEY COLLECTION Frank Plump ton Ramsey (22 February 1903 -19 January 1930) was an extra ordinary scholarly phenomenon. Son of a distinguished mathematician and President of Magdalene College, Cambridge and brother of Arthur Michael, eventual Archbishop of Canterbury, Ramsey was closely connected with Cambridge throughout his life, ultimately becoming lecturer in Mathematics in the University. Notwithstanding his great mathematical talent, it was primarily logic and philosophy that engaged his interests, and he wrote original and important contributions to logic, semantics, epistomology, probability theory, philosophy of science, and economics, in addition to seminal work in the foundations of mathematics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 8.38mm | 248g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
  • XXI, 130 p.
  • 9401056625
  • 9789401056625

Table of contents

On Truth.- Introduction: Logical Values.- I. The Nature of Truth.- Appendix: Two Variant Elaborations.- Appendix 1 to Chapter I.- Appendix 2 to Chapter I.- II. The Coherence Theory of Truth.- 1. Coherentist Arguments Against Absolute Truth.- 2. A Further Objection from the Philosophy of Science.- 3. Arguments for the Coherence Theory Refuted.- III. Judgment.- IV. Knowledge and Opinion.- V. Judgment and Time.- Appendix I: Older Draft Versions.- Introductory.- I. The Nature of Truth.- II. The Coherence Theory of Truth.- III. Judgment.- V. Judgment and Time.- Appendix II: Supplemental Material.- 1. The Nature of Proportions (1921).- 2. "On Justifying Induction": Paper to the Society (1922).- 3. "The Long and Short of It".- Name Index.
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About Frank Plumpton Ramsey

Nicholas Rescher is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where he also served for many years as Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He is a former president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and has also served as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Americna Metaphysical Society, the American G. W. Leibniz Society, and the C. S. Peirce Society. An honorary member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he has been elected to membership in the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea), the Institut International de Philosophie, and several other learned academies. Having held visiting lectureships at Oxford, Constance, Salamanca, Munich, and Marburg, Professor Rescher has received six honorary degrees from universities on three continents. Author of some hundred books ranging over many areas of philosophy, over a dozen of them translated into other languages, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984.
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