Philosophical Studies 135 (3):429 - 437 (2007)

Brian Weatherson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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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DOI 10.1007/s11098-006-9026-3
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Mind and World.John McDowell - 1994 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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