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Essays in Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 2, July 2010
Ordinary Language Philosophy: A Reappraisal

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editor’s introduction
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Anthony Coleman, Ivan Welty Issue Introduction
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Sally Parker Ryan Reconsidering Ordinary Language Philosophy: Malcolm’s (Moore’s) Ordinary Language Argument
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Alberto Voltolini Is Wittgenstein a Contextualist?
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There is definitely a family resemblance between what contemporary contextualism maintains in philosophy of language and some of the claims about meaning put forward by the later Wittgenstein. Yet the main contextualist thesis, namely that linguistic meaning undermines truth-conditions, was not defended by Wittgenstein. If a claim in this regard can be retrieved in Wittgenstein despite his manifest antitheoretical attitude, it is instead that truth-conditions trivially supervene on linguistic meaning. There is, however, another Wittgensteinian claim that truly has a contextualist flavour, namely that linguistic meaning is itself wide-contextual. To be sure, this claim does not lead to the eliminativist/intentionalist conception of linguistic meaning that radical contextualists have recently developed. Rather, it goes together with a robust conception of linguistic meaning as intrinsically normative. Yet it may explain why Wittgenstein is taken to be a forerunner of contemporary contextualism.
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Jeff Johnson Grice’s Unspeakable Truths
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Constantine Sandis The Experimental Turn and Ordinary Language
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Jonathan Trigg The Philosophy of Ordinary Language Is a Naturalistic Philosophy
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It is argued that the only response to the mereological objections of the ordinary language philosopher available to the scientistic philosopher of mind requires the adoption of the view that ordinary psychological talk is theoretical and falsified by the findings of brain science. The availability of this sort of response produces a kind of stalemate between these opposed views and viewpoints: the claim that attribution of psychological predicates to parts of organisms is nonsense is met with the claim that it is only nonsensical if our ordinary ways of talking are – naively – taken to be sacrosanct. The aim of the paper is to show that the ordinary language philosopher has a reply here that the scientistic philosopher is not in a position to ignore. Namely, that the only way to resist mereological objections is to adopt conceptions of personhood that are inimical to naturalistic accounts of mentality.
book reviews
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Aaron Bunch Review of The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism, by Manfred Frank, trans. Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert
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Roger Chao Review of A Theory of General Ethics: Human Relationships, Nature, and the Built Environment, by Warwick Fox
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Michael Louis Corrado Review of Teleological Realism: Mind, Agency, and Explanation, by Scott Sehon
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Simon D’Alfonso Review of Information: A Very Short Introduction, by Luciano Floridi
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Peter H. Denton Review of Evolution and the Big Questions: Sex, Race, Religion, and Other Matters, by David N. Stamos
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Kile Jones Review of The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, by Victor J. Stenger
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Maximiliano E. Korstanje Review of Consuming Life, by Zygmunt Bauman
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