Doing philosophy with words [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Philosophical Studies 135 (3):429 - 437 (2007)
This paper discusses the coverage of ordinary language philosophy in Scott Soames' Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century. After praising the book's virtues, I raise three points where I dissent from Soames' take on the history. First, I suggest that there is more to ordinary language philosophy than the rather implausible version of it that Soames sees to have been destroyed by Grice. Second, I argue that confusions between analyticity, necessity and priority are less important to the ordinary language period than Soames takes them to be. Finally, I claim that Soames' criticisms of Ryle turn in part on attributing reductionist positions to Ryle that Ryle did not hold.
|Keywords||Wittgenstein Ryle Austin Grice Ordinary language philosophy Synthetic a priori|
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Gilbert Ryle (1949). The Concept of Mind. Hutchinson and Co.
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John McDowell (1994). Mind and World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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