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The Practical TurnPragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century$
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Cheryl Misak and Huw Price

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266168

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.001.0001

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Ramsey’s 1929 Pragmatism

Ramsey’s 1929 Pragmatism

(p.11) 2 Ramsey’s 1929 Pragmatism1
The Practical Turn

Cheryl Misak

British Academy

This chapter argues, contrary to the received view, that Frank Ramsey was not part of the logical analyst programme of the early Russell and the Tractarian Wittgenstein. He did not identify a primary language comprising observation and logic and then go on to argue that open generalizations and scientific laws must be given a different, pragmatist, treatment. Rather, he started from the pragmatist account of belief as a habit of behaviour and came to a global pragmatist account of belief and its evaluation.

Keywords:   Peirce, Ramsey, Wittgenstein, logical atomism, generalizations, pragmatism

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