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Jlsperanza at aol.com
Fri Feb 13 15:36:20 EST 2009
Again, I'm illustrated by R. B. Jones's 'historical' notes on his webpage on
the history of analytic philosophy. He quotes from Grice's "Post-war Oxford
philosophy" (the Wellesey talk, as I call it), where Grice writes:
"To be looking for a conceptual analysis of a given expression E is to be in
a position to apply or withold E in particular cases, but to be looking for
a general characterization of the types of cases in which one would apply E
rather than withold it."
"Grice notes that only some concepts are of interest to philosophy, but
attempts no characterization of those that are*. He also notes that when engaging
in conceptual analysis it is his own use which is subject to the analysis
[and] Grice himself does not claim that conceptual analysis is the whole of
As for *, I'd add that he possibly felt sceptical about any such
regimentation. Indeed, he would be amused by I think it was Hampshire and Hare who were
looking -- at a Saturday morning -- for an 'elucidation' of "philosophically
interesting concept", and reached no consensus.
I was also browsing this and that and found that S. Soames has indeed a
lengthy chapter on "Grice and the death (as it were, my wording -- JLS) of
Ordinary Language Philosophy" (in his two-volume, "Philosophical Analysis in the
Twentieth Century" -- reviewed by P. S. M. Hacker, inter alii --, and which B.
Weatherson has criticised:
"So the murder was at Emerson Hall!".
On another internet source, I read:
>Ordinary-language philosophy is sometimes called
“Oxford philosophy.” This is because >Ryle, Austin, Strawson and Grice were
all Oxford dons.
-- I'm amused by 'don', and am clumsily playing on it in the header -- but
it's of course literally true!
* don. 1660 SOUTH Serm. 29 July (1843) II. 88 The raving insolence
which those spiritual dons from the pulpit were wont to show [at Oxford]. 1681
THORESBY Diary (Hunter) I. 109 Sermons..against Arminianism, whereat many dons
were offended. 1726 AMHERST Terræ Fil. v. 20 The reverend dons in Oxford are
already alarm'd. 1882 BESANT Revolt of Man vii. (1883) 164 The few left were
either the reading undergraduates or the dons. 1888 BURGON Lives 12 Gd. Men
II. x. 242 An introduction to two Oxford dons.
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