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Truth and Probability (1926)

By Ramsey, Frank P.

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Title: Truth and Probability (1926)  
Author: Ramsey, Frank P.
Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought


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Foreword: In this essay the Theory of Probability is taken as a branch of logic, the logic of partial belief and inconclusive argument; but there is no intention of implying that this is the only or even the most important aspect of the subject. Probability is of fundamental importance not only in logic but also in statistical and physical science, and we cannot be sure beforehand that the most useful interpretation of it in logic will be appropriate in physics also. Indeed the general difference of opinion between statisticians who for the most part adopt the frequency theory of probability and logicians who mostly reject it renders it likely that the two schools are really discussing different things, and that the word 'probability' is used by logicians in one sense and by statisticians in another. The conclusions we shall come to as to the meaning of probability in logic must not, therefore, be taken as prejudging its meaning in physics.

Table of Contents
CONTENTS (1) The Frequency Theory (2) Mr Keynes' Theory (3) Degrees of Belief (4) The Logic of Consistency (5) The Logic of Truth


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