Posted by: src1 | July 14, 2017

Arne Naess’s statistical approach to philosophy

My article ‘The experimental and the empirical: Arne Naess’s statistical approach to philosophy’ is now published online by the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

It will be included in a special issue of the journal on Experimental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy. My article considers both the similarities and the differences between Naess’s Empirical Semantics from the mid twentieth century, and experimental philosophy of the present day, and reflects on what these might tell us about attitudes to philosophical methodology.

There is a link to my article here, with free access to the full text for the first fifty clicks.

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Posted by: src1 | March 28, 2017

Citizens of Everywhere

My article in the current edition of Babel, The Language Magazine on Susan Stebbing and her relevance to the current social and political climate is now available in full on the blog of the Citizens of Everywhere project, which is led by the Centre for New and International Writing at the University of Liverpool. The article can be found here.

Posted by: src1 | March 20, 2017

(In Parenthesis)

Over the weekend I was in Durham for a workshop of the (In Parenthesis) project. We had some fascinating discussions about the work of the Oxford philosophers Mary Midgley, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot and Iris Murdoch, and about the contribution of women more generally to mid twentieth century philosophy.

Posted by: src1 | March 3, 2017

Babel, The Language Magazine

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The latest issue of Babel, The Language Magazine is out now, and contains some great articles and features.

I have contributed to the regular ‘Lives in Language’ slot, writing about L. Susan Stebbing. I am struck yet again by the insight and indeed the prescience of her later work on critical thinking. In 1939 Stebbing published Thinking to Some Purpose, motivated by what she described as the ‘urgent need for a democratic people to think clearly without the distortions due to unconscious bias and unrecognised ignorance’, a need which seems just as pressing now as it did eighty years ago.

Posted by: src1 | September 26, 2016

George Moore’s Acts of Re-writing

manet_george_moore_in_the_artists_garden_poster-ref22ba7593f64f579ca5fcf062c74fd1_zl70g_8byvr_512I am on research leave from the University of Liverpool for the academic year 2016-17, having completed three years as Head of the Department of English. I am looking forward to developing my work on the Irish novelist George Moore (1852-1933), whose stylistically experimental and influential writing has interested me for many years. In a new book project on ‘George Moore’s Acts of Re-writing’ I am planning to apply pragmatic theory in the neo-Gricean tradition to the study of some of the ways in which Moore revised and republished a number of his major works, years or even decades after they were initially published. The major questions I hope to explore in this project are: firstly, how Moore’s specific acts of rewriting shaped and determined his creative output; secondly, how analytical paradigms developed in the discipline of linguistic pragmatics can be used to explain those processes; and thirdly what we can learn from this about the mechanisms and the significance of literary re-writing more generally.

Posted by: src1 | September 26, 2016

Panel at IPrA, Belfast 2017

Together with Billy Clark, I will be organising a panel at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, in Belfast in July 2017. The panel title is ‘Pragmatic Approaches to Literary Analysis’, and the deadline for the submission of papers is 15th October 2016. The conference website can be found here.

Posted by: src1 | September 9, 2014

Pragmatic Literary Stylistics

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Pragmatic Literary Stylistics, which I have co-edited with Billy Clark, has just been published in the series Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition.

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My study of the life and work of the philosopher L. Susan Stebbing has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Posted by: src1 | March 15, 2013

Grice’s Centenary

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Herbert Paul Grice was born on 15th March 1913 in Harborne, Birmingham. During his lifetime and in the years since his death in 1988 he has had a profound effect on how we understand the nature of meaning and the relationships between language and context. In 2001 Peter Strawson and David Wiggins offered the following assessment of Grice’s philosophical legacy:

“Other anglophone philosophers born, like him, in the twentieth century may well have had greater influence and done a larger quantity of work of enduring significance. Few have had the same gift for hitting on ideas that have in their intended uses the appearance of inevitability. None have been cleverer, or shown more ingenuity and persistence in the further developments of such ideas.”

 

 

 

Posted by: src1 | December 3, 2012

BABEL The Language Magazine

Babel-mag-issue1 Babel, a new quarterly magazine about all issues concerned with language, has just been launched. The first issue is available free via the magazine’s website here. It includes an article about the life and work of H. Paul Grice in the first of what is to be my regular series of articles on ‘Lives in Language’.

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