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Shedding Light on the “Eclipse” Narrative: Some Notes on Pragmatism in the Twentieth Century

Shedding Light on the “Eclipse” Narrative: Some Notes on Pragmatism in the Twentieth Century Shedding Light on the “Eclipse” Narrative: Some Notes on Pragmatism in the Twentieth Century l arry a. hickman Southern Illinois University Carbondale i begin by th a nk ing David Hildebrand, Daniel Brunson, and the program committee for the magnificent job they have done under the very difficult cir - cumstances imposed by the pandemic. I’d also like to thank the program com- mittee for their generous invitation to present this 2021 Founders Lecture. Since this is a Founders Lecture, it seems appropriate to recall that one of the society’s founders, Ralph Sleeper, said on more than one occasion that he would love to have a séance with Frank Ramsey about what he, Ramsey, said to Wittgenstein about pragmatism. Now, thanks to an extraordinarily well-researched intellectual biography of Ramsey, Sleeper’s longed-for séance will not be necessary. Cheryl Misak’s book Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers, published in 2020, helps to clarify Ramsey’s relationship with Wittgenstein and to establish his role in the foundation of what many today call “analytical pragmatism.” It is also a close study of his seminal contributions to mathematics, economics, and probability theory. All of that and more was accomplished before Ramsey’s untimely death, just http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Shedding Light on the “Eclipse” Narrative: Some Notes on Pragmatism in the Twentieth Century

The Pluralist , Volume 17 – Feb 26, 2022

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Shedding Light on the “Eclipse” Narrative: Some Notes on Pragmatism in the Twentieth Century l arry a. hickman Southern Illinois University Carbondale i begin by th a nk ing David Hildebrand, Daniel Brunson, and the program committee for the magnificent job they have done under the very difficult cir - cumstances imposed by the pandemic. I’d also like to thank the program com- mittee for their generous invitation to present this 2021 Founders Lecture. Since this is a Founders Lecture, it seems appropriate to recall that one of the society’s founders, Ralph Sleeper, said on more than one occasion that he would love to have a séance with Frank Ramsey about what he, Ramsey, said to Wittgenstein about pragmatism. Now, thanks to an extraordinarily well-researched intellectual biography of Ramsey, Sleeper’s longed-for séance will not be necessary. Cheryl Misak’s book Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers, published in 2020, helps to clarify Ramsey’s relationship with Wittgenstein and to establish his role in the foundation of what many today call “analytical pragmatism.” It is also a close study of his seminal contributions to mathematics, economics, and probability theory. All of that and more was accomplished before Ramsey’s untimely death, just

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 26, 2022

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