Cambridge and Vienna: Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle by Gabriele Taylor (auth.), Maria Carla Galavotti (eds.) PDF

By Gabriele Taylor (auth.), Maria Carla Galavotti (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1402041004

ISBN-13: 9781402041006

ISBN-10: 1402041012

ISBN-13: 9781402041013

The Institute Vienna Circle held a convention in Vienna in 2003, Cambridge and Vienna – Frank P. Ramsey and the Vienna Circle, to commemorate the philosophical and medical paintings of Frank Plumpton Ramsey (1903–1930). This Ramsey convention supplied not just ancient and biographical views on the most proficient thinkers of the 20 th Century, but in addition new impulses for extra examine on no less than many of the issues pioneered by way of Ramsey, whose curiosity and strength are more than ever.

Ramsey did pioneering paintings in numerous fields, practitioners of which hardly comprehend of his very important paintings in different fields: philosophy of good judgment and conception of language, foundations of arithmetic, arithmetic, likelihood conception, technique of technology, philosophy of psychology, and economics. there has been a spotlight at the one subject which used to be of most powerful mutual hindrance to Ramsey and the Vienna Circle, particularly the query of foundations of arithmetic, specifically the prestige of logicism.

Although the main clinical connection linking Ramsey with Austria is his paintings on common sense, to which the Vienna Circle devoted a number of conferences, definitely the relationship that's of higher common curiosity issues Ramsey's visits and discussions with Wittgenstein. Ramsey was once the single very important philosopher to really stopover at Wittgenstein in the course of his school-teaching occupation in Puchberg and Ottertal within the Nineteen Twenties, in reduce Austria; and later, Ramsey used to be instrumental in getting Wittgenstein positions at Cambridge.

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A Fregean concept is determined by a precise condition for an arbitrary object to fall under the concept. If we wish to quantify over the mammals in the London Zoo, we shall select the concept mammal in the London Zoo; if we wish our domain of quantification to comprise just the elephants in the London Zoo, we shall select the concept elephant in the London Zoo. Making a choice of the relevant concept is all that we need to do in order completely to determine the domain of quantification. We do not need, in addition to selecting the concept that fixes the condition for membership of the domain, to lay down what objects there are which fall under the concept, or how many of them exist: external reality does that for us.

P. 86) 11 40 P ATRICK S UPPES As in many things, Hume puts his finger on the central problem, how indeed do we distinguish a belief from a fancy or an idle thought? In fact, the fallibility of memory makes this one of the great conundrums of forensic epistemology, and raises the problem of the various cases we have to distinguish, now much discussed at some length in both the literature of psychology and of the law. Well, it is not possible to go into the nuances of all this later literature, but it does seem to me it is a criticism of Ramsey that he is much too casual about the problem of identifying or recognizing beliefs and how to separate them from the products of imagination.

Their idea is surely this. When we wish to specify a domain of quantification consisting of physical objects, all we need to do is to select a suitable concept, in Frege’s sense of “concept”. A Fregean concept is determined by a precise condition for an arbitrary object to fall under the concept. If we wish to quantify over the mammals in the London Zoo, we shall select the concept mammal in the London Zoo; if we wish our domain of quantification to comprise just the elephants in the London Zoo, we shall select the concept elephant in the London Zoo.

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