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Theories of Explanation [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Possible theories: realist (explained entities exist); epistemic (explanations are useful for organizing human experience); ordinary language (explanations are useful for communication); cognitive science (explanations are a kind of mental representation that result from cognition).
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  cognitive-science  ordinary-language 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Strange Death of Ordinary Language Philosophy
Words and Things by the Czech anthropologist Ernest Gellner (1925–1995), a book that caused a heated worldwide controversy on its first publication in 1959, but is practically forgotten nowadays. Words and Things is a vehement attack on the style of philosophizing known as "linguistic philosophy," "Oxford analysis" or, most often, "ordinary language philosophy" — I will henceforth call it OLP for short. OLP was identified mainly with British analytic philosophers of the last mid-century and more specifically those at the University of Oxford.
philosophy  history  language  critique  ordinary-language 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Gilbert Ryle (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Through this work, Ryle is thought to have accomplished two major tasks. First, he was seen to have put the final nail in the coffin of Cartesian dualism. Second, as he himself anticipated, he is thought to have argued on behalf of, and suggested as dualism's replacement, the doctrine known as philosophical (and sometimes analytical) behaviourism. Sometimes known as an “ordinary language”, sometimes as an “analytic” philosopher, Ryle—even when mentioned in the same breath as Wittgenstein and his followers—is considered to be on a different, somewhat idiosyncratic (and difficult to characterise), philosophical track.
philosophy  analytic-philosophy  ordinary-language  consciousness  cognition  experience  mental-process  about(GilbertRyle) 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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