Studies in the Way of Words

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 394 pages
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This volume, Grice's first book, includes the long-delayed publication of his enormously influential 1967 William James Lectures. But there is much, much more in this work. Paul Grice himself has carefully arranged and framed the sequence of essays to emphasize not a certain set of ideas but a habit of mind, a style of philosophizing.

Grice has, to be sure, provided philosophy with crucial ideas. His account of speaker-meaning is the standard that others use to define their own minor divergences or future elaborations. His discussion of conversational implicatures has given philosophers an important tool for the investigation of all sorts of problems; it has also laid the foundation for a great deal of work by other philosophers and linguists about presupposition. His metaphysical defense of absolute values is starting to be considered the beginning of a new phase in philosophy. This is a vital book for all who are interested in Anglo-American philosophy.


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Paul Grice was my philosophy tutor's tutor, and his work invaluable whenever ill-prepared for tutorials; steering the discussion onto conversational implicature and off the unstudied topic. Also helpful in thinking through irony and other oddities of our everyday dialogues. Read full review

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This book comprises a revised version of the late author's 1967 William James Lectures, published for the first time; reprints of 12 papers, some slightly revised; and a 1987 retrospective commentary ... Read full review


Logic and Conversation
Further Notes on Logic and Conversation
Indicative Conditionals 5 8
Utterers Meaning and Intentions
Utterers Meaning SentenceMeaning and WordMeaning
Some Models for lmplicature
Explorations in Semantics and Metaphysics
Descartes on Clear and Distinct Perception 1966
In Defense of a Dogma with P F Strawson 1956
Meaning 1948 1957
The Causal Theory of Perception 1961
Some Remarks about the Senses 1962
Presupposition and Conversational lmplicature
Meaning Revisited 1976 1980
Metaphysics Philosophical Eschatology and Platos

Common Sense and Skepticism c 19461950
G E Moore and Philosophers Paradoxes c 19531958
Postwar Oxford Philosophy 1958
Conceptual Analysis and the Province of Philosophy 1987
Retrospective Epilogue 1987

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Paul Grice was a fellow and a tutor at St. John's College, Oxford University, from 1938 to 1967. He then taught philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, until his death. Approaching philosophy in the post-Wittgensteinian mode through the study of ordinary language, Grice has been esteemed by the Anglo-American community of philosophers as "a miniaturist who changed the way other people paint big canvases" (Times Literary Supplement). Most of Grice's books are collections of articles. They have been influential among professional philosophers, not only because they present important theories, but also because they "scintillate" (Hilary Putnam's word), stimulating other philosophers to pick up the themes. The number of articles focused on Gricean themes has increased with each passing year.

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