[hist-analytic] Extra-Ordinary Language Philosophy
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Jlsperanza at aol.com
Mon Feb 16 22:00:14 EST 2009
In a message dated 2/16/2009 8:54:41 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
baynesrb at yahoo.com writes in "Re: Clarity Is Not Enough", in reply to R. B. Jones's apt
confessions as to what a 'research group' needs in terms of the processes
brought about by the analysis of the language the group employs.
Roger (and all others, of course),
Must say I loved Roger stating:
>To understand perception, we need extra-ordinary language.
I _must_ find how Cicero would say that in Latin!
But more seriously, in Bayne's pages, there's by courtesy of Aristotelian
Society that big great paper by Grice, "Causal Theory of Perception". Omitting
the excursus on implicature, Grice gets serious about perception in Part III,
But what he says will not convince Snowdon (apparently the only serious
philosopher taking Grice seriously then).
Grice is concerned with the 'causal link' between the sense-datum and
whatever triggered the sense-datum. Fortunately, that bit did get reprinted in WOW
(he thought the excursus would be redundant vis a vis "Logic and
Conversation"). He writes to the effect:
the philosopher just needs a _filler_: something that states that there _is_
a causal link. He should not go into details.
If this is accepted (i.e. that philosophy of perception is different from
_science_ of perception) then I'd like to be illuminated as to what other
extra-ordinary language we need!
I find 'sense-datum' pretty extra-ordinary myself! Not to mention
Bayne was wondering about a compilation. Good ordinary-language philosophy
compilation is of course Chappell. But who else did take the expression
'ordinary language' seriously? I don't think Austin did. It was, like "Oxford
philosophy", or 'linguistic philosophy' more of a publicity label. And I'm sure
that those dons _loved_ to hear what the previous generation (Hardie, etc.) or
the extramurals were saying about them! I know _I_ would, time permitting!
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