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Episteme, etc.Essays in Honour of Jonathan Barnes$
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Ben Morison and Katerina Ierodiakonou

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696482.001.0001

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Ramsey on truth and meaning

Ramsey on truth and meaning

(p.213) 11 Ramsey on truth and meaning
Episteme, etc.

Ian Rumfitt

Oxford University Press

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

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