28 de janeiro de 2013

Wittgenstein’s master

Wittgenstein's master
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/frank-ramsey-keynes-wittgenstein-grayling/

Frank Ramsey was 26 years old when he died after an operation at Guy's Hospital in January 1930. In his short life, he had made lasting contributions to mathematics, economics and philosophy, and to the thinking of a number of his contemporaries, including Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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  1. E vale a pena reproduzir um comentário de David Papineau,no contexto de uma votação no blog de Leiter sobre quem é o melhor filósofo nos últimos 200 anos, a propósito de Ramsey:

    "I've come to this a bit late, but what happened to F.P. Ramsey? 'Most important in the last 200 years' might be pushing it, but I think a case can be made that he was the most important philosopher of the 20th century. Yet he wasn't even on the slate. A case for a re-run, I think.

    Of course, Ramsey was handicapped by dying at the age of 26, and as a result wasn't very influential. But a striking number of ideas that have become philosophically central over the last fifty years received their first clear airing in Ramsey's work: the whole framework of subjective probability and decision theory, the reliability theory of knowledge, the redundancy theory of truth, success-based accounts of content, laws of nature as claims that would be theorems 'if we knew everything and organized it as simply as simply as possible in a deductive system', Ramsey sentence analyses of scientific theories, the relation between facts, universals and particulars . . . And that's without his contributions to logic (including the simplified theory of types), mathematics (there's a branch called 'Ramsey theory'), and economics (seminal work on taxation and saving).

    I rest my case."

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