The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


F.P. Ramsey & Peter Sullivan

12 April 2013


F.P. Ramsey (Cambridge)

"Facts and Propositions"



Frank Plumpton Ramsey (22 February 1903 – 19 January 1930) was a British mathematician who, in addition to mathematics, made significant contributions in philosophy and economics before his death at the age of 26. He was a close friend of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and was instrumental in translating Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus into English, and in persuading Wittgenstein to return to philosophy and Cambridge.


Peter Sullivan (Stirling)

"An Introduction to 'Facts and Propositions"



Peter Sullivan’s research interests are in the history of analytic philosophy and the philosophy of logic and mathematics. The principal focus of much of his research has been Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus; surrounding this work, he has published papers on Frege, Russell, and Ramsey.

From 2003-2006, Peter was involved in an AHRC-funded research project on the interpretation of the Tractatus which aimed to explore how Wittgenstein’s critical conception of the task and method of philosophy emerges out of his detailed engagement with the logical theories of his predecessors in the analytic tradition. Since then Peter has been working particularly on Ramsey, both in his own right and as a resource for understanding Wittgenstein.