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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 429–437 | Cite as

Doing philosophy with words

  • Brian WeathersonEmail author
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Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sage School of PhilosophyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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