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Ordinary Language Philosophy

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Ordinary Language Philosophy, one of the most important British contributions to 20th-century thought.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Ordinary Language Philosophy, a school of thought which emerged in Oxford in the years following World War II. With its roots in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language Philosophy is concerned with the meanings of words as used in everyday speech. Its adherents believed that many philosophical problems were created by the misuse of words, and that if such 'ordinary language' were correctly analysed, such problems would disappear. Philosophers associated with the school include some of the most distinguished British thinkers of the twentieth century, such as Gilbert Ryle and JL Austin.


Stephen Mulhall
Professor of Philosophy at New College, Oxford

Ray Monk
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton

Julia Tanney
Reader in Philosophy of Mind at the University of Kent

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Thu 7 Nov 2013 21:30


Stephen Mulhall at the University of Oxford


Ray Monk at the University of Southampton


Julia Tanney at the University of Kent


John Langshaw Austin - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Gilbert Ryle - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Ordinary language philosophy - Wikipedia





J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words (Various editions)


J. L. Austin, Philosophical Papers (Various editions)


J. L. Austin, Sense and Sensibilia (Oxford University Press, 1979)


A. J. Ayer and others, The Revolution in Philosophy (Macmillan, 1956)


Avner Baz, When Words Are Called For: A Defense of Ordinary Language Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 2012)


Ernest Gellner, Words and Things (Routledge, 2005)


Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 1996)


Sandra Laugier, Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2013)


Bertrand Russell, My Philosophical Development (Spokesman Books, 2007)


Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (Routledge, 2009)


Gilbert Ryle, Critical Essays: Collected Papers, Volume 1 and 2 (Routledge, 2009)


P. F. Strawson, Individuals (Routledge, 1964)


Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (Various editions)


Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Stephen Mulhall
Interviewed Guest Ray Monk
Interviewed Guest Julia Tanney
Producer Thomas Morris


  • Thu 7 Nov 2013 09:00
  • Thu 7 Nov 2013 21:30

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