Frank Plumpton Ramsey

 

From The Nature of Mathematics, 1933 by Max Black

A critical survey of Principia Mathematica and allied views on the nature of mathematics, with supplementary accounts of the Formalist and Intuitionist doctrines. The contributions of Chwistek, Ramsey, Wittgenstein, Weyl, and others to logistic theory are described and considered . . (etc).

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul 1933,
the front cover.

 

From Preface (1977) by Charles Hardwick

...     Peirce did acquire a disciple in C. K. Ogden, who, while a student at Cambridge, was a protege of Lady Welby.42 Ogden was enough impressed by Peirce's work to include a long excerpt from Peirce's correspondence with Lady Welby in the appendix of The Meaning of Meaning, a book he coauthored with I. A. Richards. These excerpts, along with a discussion of Peirce's "Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism," constitute one of the first serious considerations of Peirce's work . . (etc).

The British philosopher who was evidently most interested in Peirce's theory of signs at the time was F.P. Ramsey. Whether Ramsey knew of the letters to Lady Welby or whether he knew Ogden is not known. But it is apparent that he was very much interested in Peirce's theory of signs, and he incorporated it in his own logical works. When Ramsey reviewed Ogden and Richards' The Meaning of Meaning for Mind he noted that the "excellent appendix on C.S. Peirce deserves special mention."43

It is interesting to speculate about how much influence Ramsey may have had on Wittgenstein with regard to Ramsey's own interest in Peirce. He mentions Peirce's distinction between token and type, and acknowledges Peirce's writing in his review of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Ramsey was one of Wittgenstein's closest friends and was instrumental in getting him to return to England.   (Etc.)

    42.   See letter dated May 2, 1911.
    43.   F. P. Ramsey, "The Meaning of Meaning," Mind, N.S., Vol. 33, No. 129, pp. 108-109.

The Correspondence between Charles S. Peirce and Victoria Lady Welby
Edited by Charles S. Hardwick with the assistance of James Cook
Bloomington and London : Indiana University Press 1977, page xxxi ; notes on page xxxiv.

 

Selected bibliographic

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title Notes on philosophy, probability and mathematics / Frank Plumpton Ramsey ; edited by Maria Carla Galavotti. Publisher Napoli : Bibliopolis, c1991. Description 349 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm. Series History of logic ;7 ISBN 8870882594 Language English Note "All the notes published in this volume are taken from the manuscripts forming the "Ramsey Collection" (RC) held in The Hillman Library of the University of Pittsburg"--Introd. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title On truth : original manuscript materials (1927-1929) from the Ramsey Collection at the University of Pittsburgh / Frank Plumpton Ramsey ; edited by Nicholas Rescher and Ulrich Majer. Publisher Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, c1991. Description xxi, 127 p. : port. ; 23 cm. Series Episteme ;v. 16 ISBN 0792308573 (alk. paper)

Author Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951. Title Letters to C. K. Ogden with comments on the English translation of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus; edited with an introduction by G. H. von Wright and with an appendix of letters by Frank Plumpton Ramsey. Publisher Oxford : Basil Blackwell; Boston, Routledge & K. Paul, [1973] Description ix, 90 p. 22 cm. ISBN 0710073429

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title The foundations of mathematics and other logical essays. Edited by R.B. Braithwaite, with a pref. by G.E. Moore. Publisher London, Routledge & K. Paul, 1965, c1931. Description 292p.

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930 Title The foundations of mathematics and other logical essays. Edited by R. B. Braithwaite, with a pref. by G. E. Moore Publisher Patterson, N. J., Littlefield, Adams, 1960 Description 292 p. 21 cm

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title The foundations of mathematics and other logical essays. Edited by R. B. Braithwaite, with a pref. by G. E. Moore. Publisher London, Routledge, [1954, c1931] Description xviii, 292 p.

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title The foundations of mathematics and other logical essays. Edited by R. B. Braithwaite, with a preface by G. E. Moore. Publisher New York, Humanities Press, 1950. Description xviii, 292 p. 22 cm. Series International library of psychology, philosophy, and scientific method Language English Note Bibliography of E. P. Ramsey: p. xv-xvi. Contents Published papers: The foundations of mathematics (1925) Mathematical logic (1926) On a problem of formal logic (1928) Universals (1925) Note on the preceding paper (1926) Facts and propositions (1927)--Unpublished papers: Truth and probability (1926) Further considerations (1926) Last papers (1929)--Appendix: Critical notice of L. Wittgenstein's "Tractatus logico-philosophicus" (1923)--Epilogue.

Author Ramsey, Frank Plumpton, 1903-1930. Title The foundations of mathematics and other logical essays / by Frank Plumpton Ramsey ; edited by R.B. Braithwaite ; with a preface by G.E. Moore. Publisher London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1931 (1950 printing) Description xviii, 292 p. ; 22 cm. Series International library of psychology, philosophy and scientific method Language English Note Bibliography of F.P. Ramsey: p. xv-xvi. Contents The foundations of mathematics -- Mathematical logic -- On a problem of formal logic -- Universals -- Note on the preceding paper -- Facts and propositions -- Truth and probability -- Further considerations -- Last papers.

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