Ramsey growth model

November 28, 2013

I agree with Martin Cohen’s comment in his review of David Edmonds’ Would You Kill the Fat Man? that the author’s claim for Ludwig Wittgenstein being “the most influential philosopher in the Anglo-American world” is an “over-enthusiastic assessment” (Books, 14 November).

Indeed, I would argue that Frank Ramsey is emerging from the shadows as a major philosopher who, unlike Wittgenstein, was not hostile to science and who, among other things, propounded a most influential theory of decision-making. Frank Ramsey (1903-1930): A Sister’s Memoir (2012) by Margaret Paul will hopefully raise his profile further.

R. E. Rawles
Honorary research fellow in psychology
University College London

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