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Contemporary Philosophy-Ordinary Language Philosophy


Ordinary Language Philosophy (Oxford philosophy)


This meeting, continuing our study of Analytical Philosophy, we’ll be discussing the rise and fall of “ordinary-language analysis,” which is otherwise known as “Oxford Philosophy.”


The IEP link has a wonderful discussion, and may be all you need.  For more detail on the individuals involved, look at the Stanford links. I’ve supplied the Wikipedia links because they tell a bit about the life history of these folks.


Ordinary Language Philosophy - sometimes referred to as ‘Oxford’ philosophy


From SEP:

From Wikipedia:


Links to videos will follow.

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  • Phillip W.

    My humorless rant on reality on the discussion board.

    April 4, 2014

  • Phillip W.

    Sounds like a worthwhile topic, Warren.
    On another subject, I included this by UT professor Michelle Montague in my discussion board rant.

    April 4, 2014

  • Warren C.

    Here's a link to a discussion of the the three questions (i) what is philosophy, (ii) what is philosophy for, and (iii) how should be philosophy be done (metaphilosophy). I provides an interesting overview of much of philosophical thought. It has helped me to put what we have been exploring these past few weeks into some sort of context. It's 40 pages long.


    April 3, 2014

  • Kathryn

    I'd say that I enjoyed SHARING a bit of REALITY with y'all last night in our attempt to CONVERGE on the TRUTH, but I fear that many would find that statement utterly unintelligible. I'm left speechless. ;-)

    Thank you, Leonard!!

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Great, lively discussion. Leonard does a great job of moderating.

    March 31, 2014

  • Dave K.

    Good meeting...I enjoyed the free flowing discussion.

    April 1, 2014

  • Guy J

    Kathryn, I think most of us would be entirely OK with agreeing that you shared a bit of YOUR reality with us in an attempt to increase the fidelity of each of our truths. And for doing that, I and I'm sure others are genuinely appreciative. So thank you, Kathryn!

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Warren C.


    March 31, 2014

  • Leonard H.

    I posted, earlier, a set of links for reading that you can do in preparation for this Monday night’s meeting on the Ordinary-Language Analysis school (Oxford Philosophy).

    Terry and I have prepared another mix-video for the group to view on Monday. It contains a mixture of the historical context, the forces that motivated the evolution of Analytical Philosophy, and the post-Vienna Circle (post-Logical-Positivism) technical direction of language analysis. Searle presents an excellent overview of the history of Analytical Philosophy vis-a-vis language analysis--from Frege through Chomsky, including discussion of Ordinary-Language Analysis. The other pieces give a brief glimpse at the technical ideas. I posted some video links that you might like in the Discussions/Message Board area.

    See you Monday

    March 27, 2014

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