CFP: Ordinary Language Philosophy

/Essays in Philosophy/: Ordinary Language Philosophy: A Reappraisal
Volume 11, Number 2
Issue date: June 2010
Submission deadline: December 31, 2009

The central idea of Ordinary Language Philosophy was that philosophical problems are generated by inattention to language as it is used in everyday life.  Although popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the movement is now considered defunct by many philosophers.  However, there are contemporary movements that bear striking similarities to it, e.g. Contextualism in epistemology and Experimental Philosophy. This suggests that a reappraisal of the goals and methods of Ordinary Language Philosophy is warranted.

The editors of /Essays in Philosophy/ invite submissions on the subject of Ordinary Language Philosophy.  Especially welcome are papers that address one or more of the following questions:

– What are the relations, if any, between Ordinary Language Philosophy
and other philosophical movements, e.g., Contextualism, Phenomenology,
Experimental Philosophy?

– Is there a substantive distinction between ordinary language
and technical language? If so, what is it and what is its
philosophIcal importance?

– Is the method of attending to the everyday use of language capable of providing solutions to important philosophical problems?

– What problems in particular might the methods of Ordinary
Language Philosophy help to solve?

Submissions should be sent to the general editor via
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