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Where's the disagreement?: The significance of the ordinary in Austin and Ayer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics.
2016 (English)In: Language & Communication, ISSN 0271-5309, E-ISSN 1873-3395, Vol. 49, 45-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

J. L Austin is commonly known as an 'ordinary language philosopher'. Ordinary language philosophy, in turn, is generally known as a philosophy of language which employs everyday language as a standard of correctness - an arbiter between meaningful speech and nonsense. By means of a return to the somewhat heated debate between Austin and A. J. Ayer, this paper challenges this picture. I argue that if there is one philosophical tradition that encourages us to turn 'ordinary language' into a problem for philosophy, it is ordinary language philosophy. There is no simple instruction of the form 'If you are philosophically troubled, then turn to ordinary language and you will see the true sense' coming out of Austin's work (rightly construed).

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2016. Vol. 49, 45-55 p.
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J. L Austin, A. J. Ayer, Ordinary language philosophy, Meaning, Ordinary language, Philosophical language
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Philosophy General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304529DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2016.06.003ISI: 000381532500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304529DiVA: diva2:1034525
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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