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Cheryl Misak
Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Cheryl Misak is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her biography of Ramsey (Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers) will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

Written by Cheryl Misak

Essay/
History of Ideas
Philosophy must be useful

For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative

Cheryl Misak