Ramsey on truth and meaning

Ian Rumfitt

in Episteme, etc.

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696482
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738036 | DOI:
Ramsey on truth and meaning

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This chapter develops F. P. Ramsey's theory of truth. Everyone knows that Ramsey had a theory of truth. Rather fewer people know that the theory came in two significantly different versions, and that the later and less famous version is more fertile than its predecessor. The more famous version is, of course, Ramsey's redundancy theory of truth, which he expounded in his great paper of 1927, ‘Facts and Propositions’. The Ramsey–Prior theory, contra Ramsey's original approach, confirms that the word ‘true’ has a determinate sense. It does so by specifying the contribution that the word makes to what is expressed by a statement that contains it. That specification vindicates the common-sense view that ‘true’ is grammatically and semantically a predicate.

Keywords: F. P. Ramsey; theory of truth; Ramsey–Prior theory; true

Chapter.  19066 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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