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The Foundations of Mathematics and other - RAMSEY, Frank Plumpton - 1931. 
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., 1931 - Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt titles and publisher's device to spine. With the dust jacket. Contemporary bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Light spotting to fore edge of text block and endpapers, top edge dusty. An excellent copy in a slightly chipped and dust-soiled jacket. First edition, first impression, of this collection of Frank P. Ramsey's essays on mathematics and logic, some of which are published here for the first time. Ramsey (19031930) was a Cambridge-based philosopher, a member of the Apostles, who died aged only 26 but contributed pioneering work to the field of logic that had been thrown into disarray by Russell and Wittgenstein. From the library of political philosopher John Plamenatz (19121975), with his ownership signature to the front pastedown. "Plamenatz was one of the most respected (and prolific) writers on political theory in the English-speaking world. He developed no theoretical system of his own, sought no unifying historical or metaphysical pattern, and neither belonged to nor created a school of political thought. For forty years he was engaged in the exposition and criticism of the classical political texts of the West, seeking to sift the true from the false, the profound from the shallow, substance from rhetoric, in a lifelong effort to examine the relations of the individual to society" (ODNB). His most important work, Man and Society, a survey of the major political thinkers from Machiavelli to Marx, was published in 1963. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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