[hist-analytic] Grice's Shopping List
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Sat Feb 28 09:47:55 EST 2009
In a message dated 2/28/2009 8:42:15 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, Jlsperanza
Another rpoint of contact:
"I always hated phenomenalism and felt trapped by it. I couldn't see my way
out of it but I didn't believe it."
the wiki has Anscombe saying.
an addendum then, of historical interest:
In "Prolegomena" Grice _also_ cites from Wittgenstein's Philosophical
Investigation. The example, as I recall,
'a horse cannot look like a horse'.
Now, I've always been interested in Grice's idea of implicature, because he
does confess that it came to him via studying the language of perception.
I want to think that the trigger may well have been that passage from
Anscombe's Wittgenstein, then. Grice is delivering the William James in 1967, and
the Philosophical Investigations go back to 1955. Strawson cites Grice in
terms of 'implicature' (or 'implication') in 1952: footnote. So, the Wittgenstein
example may have _triggered_ what Grice had detected in perhaps other
Grice will like to say, of course, that a horse not only can look like a
horse, but ceteris paribus, _will_.
So, we see different motivations. Anscombe says she fell in love with
Witters as an undergraduate at St. Hugh's, reading abstract things like -- to cite
"Her interest in Wittgenstein's philosophy arose from reading the Tractatus
Logico-Philosophicus as an undergraduate: she claimed to have conceived the
idea of studying with Wittgenstein as soon as she opened the book in
Blackwell's and read section 5.53,
"Identity of object I express by identity of sign,
and not by using a sign for identity. Difference
of objects I express by difference of signs."
Oddly I opened other books at Blackwell -- nice sunny reading rooms in the
first floor, with philosophy section too -- but found it slightly noisy to fall
in love with a piece of philosophical prose there!
I was amused that Anscombe didn't have German and Witters arranged for her a
stay in Vienna to that end. (to have German -- will travel). Some task!
I could never learn a language _by mandate_! It's ood, too, to learn that
Witters constantly referred to Anscombe as "old man". Not so much from the
'queer fellow' to use the Broadism direction of fit, but that _she_ ('the old
man' -- very unfair) _bore_ the sobriquet. Imagine Grice calling me "Daisy".
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