Can you explain Ramsey sentences in simple terms, maybe giving some concrete examples? I can't seem to understand them (everything about them), no matter how hard I try.

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    It would be easier to answer this question if you could speak more about what you do and what you do not understand about Ramsey sentences. As the wikipedia article you cited shows, an unfocused discussion of Ramsey sentences could go on for a long time -- unreasonably long for an answer on this forum. What do you get, and what don't you get?
    – senderle
    May 8 '14 at 1:25
  • @senderle, you can explain a lot of complicated and broad things in a few paragraphs with a few concrete examples. I've already stated that I don't understand anything about Ramsey sentences - related literature is way over my head, too.
    – user132181
    May 8 '14 at 7:38
  • Ah, well the way you phrased the question made it sound like you do get some things and not others. If you literally understand nothing about them, then I would recommend reading some basic background material on the history of positivism, and concepts like observable and unobservable entities, scientific realism, anti-realism, and empiricism. IMO, it will be difficult to motivate or explain them without assuming that background knowledge. (And If you understand some of those things, then you do understand some things about Ramsey sentences, even if you don't realize it.)
    – senderle
    May 8 '14 at 12:20

This website from philosopher Jim Pryor has a nice illustration of the importance and use of Ramsey sentences, and uses the example of the parts of a car.


This is a self-referencing question, as it would take several Ramsey sentences to break down how Ramsey sentences work for someone who knows nothing about them to explain the concept of Ramsey sentences. I can't believe nobody saw that.

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