Frank Plumpton Ramsey was born in February , and he died in January – just before his 27th birthday. In his short life he produced an extraordinary . Frank Ramsey’s father was President of Magdalene College in Cambridge, and a tutor in mathematics there. His only brother went on to become Archbishop of. Frank Plumpton Ramsey (22 February – 19 January ) was a precocious British philosopher, mathematician and economist who died at the age of

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Ramsey is probably best known for his work on the foundations of mathematics. Our habit of acting as if all men are mortal is successful simply because there is an underlying biological mechanism which more or less rapidly breaks down our minds and bodies.

Even as a teenager Ramsey exhibited both a profound ability and, as attested by his brother, an extremely diverse range of interests:. But Ramsey also made remarkable contributions to epistemology, semantics, logic, philosophy of science, mathematics, statistics, probability and decision theory, economics and metaphysics. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option.

Ramsey was widely regarded as having no equal in his generation for sheer power and quality of mind and in the originality and promise of his work. Learn how to enable it. In this paper Ramsey’s contribution to economic theory was the elegant concept of Ramsey pricing.


For example, any group of six people contains either three who know each other or three who do not know each other. He, like many of his contemporaries, including his Viennese flatmate and fellow Apostle Lionel Penrose also in analysis with Siegfried Bernfeldwas intellectually interested in psychoanalysis. Add to your scrapbook. Ramsey responded to Keynes’s urging by writing three papers in economic theory all of which were of fundamental importance, though it was many years before they received their proper recognition by the community of economists.


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Second, it definitely does not justify induction. Sign in or Register. This significant paper was published in The Economic Journaland involved “a strategically beautiful application of the calculus of variations ” Paul Samuelson [15] to determine the optimal amount an economy should invest save rather than consume so as to maximise future utilityor in Ramsey’s words “how much of its income should a nation save?

But for Ramsey this was no problem. Trinity College, Cambridge BA, Wittgenstein submitted the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus as his doctoral thesis. Ramsey was an ontological anti-realist — theoretical terms acquire their meaning by their function in the theory.

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To appreciate his work one has to understand his general view of philosophy. It is not a normative theory. The second lottery has the same expected value as the first one.

Once Wittgenstein had returned to Cambridge, Ramsey became his nominal supervisor. When this relation is measurable it tells us how strong an inference is from one proposition to another.

Please wait a few minutes and try again. Wittgenstein says that the logic of probability is only concerned with the state of expectation in the sense in which logic is concerned with thinking. A belief is knowledge if it is obtained by a reliable process and if it always leads to success. What we know are, at most, a few instances of this generalization: Edit or Suggest Edit Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager.


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We want our subjective probabilities to stem from as complete and accurate knowledge as possible. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. Ramzey A Grave Originally Created by: This is applicable in situations where a regulated monopolist wants to maximise consumer surplus whilst at the same time ensuring that its costs are adequately covered.

Wittgenstein is not talking about underlying mechanisms. The sentences are not statements since they do not fulfil the grammatical conditions for statements. But that he puts in question a belief strongly held at the time, namely that the logical form of a proposition uniquely can tell us what there is.