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Paul Grice is best known for a few short articles that have been hugely influential in philosophy and particularly in linguistics. However, these form only a small part of a wide-ranging body of work covering meaning, reference, logic, metaphysics and ethics. This is the first book-length study of Grice's work as a whole. It draws on both published and unpublished material to demonstrate the development of, but also the essential coherence of, Grice's thinking. Siobhan Chapman discusses his lesser-known writings and reconsiders the ideas for which he is best known, particularly the theory of conversation, in the context of his work as a whole. She considers Grice's ideas in terms of their impact, particularly on the development of pragmatics, and assesses Grice's work in the context of the time in which it was written, examining how it was shaped by his personal philosophical influences and career, and by his character.


Description

Paul Grice is best known for a few short articles that have been hugely influential in philosophy and particularly in linguistics. However, these form only a small part of a wide-ranging body of work covering meaning, reference, logic, metaphysics and ethics. This is the first book-length study of Grice's work as a whole. It draws on both published and unpublished material to demonstrate the development of, but also the essential coherence of, Grice's thinking. Siobhan Chapman discusses his lesser-known writings and reconsiders the ideas for which he is best known, particularly the theory of conversation, in the context of his work as a whole. She considers Grice's ideas in terms of their impact, particularly on the development of pragmatics, and assesses Grice's work in the context of the time in which it was written, examining how it was shaped by his personal philosophical influences and career, and by his character.


Reviews

'Chapman has performed a great service for us all by organizing and distilling Grice's numerous unpublished notes and unresolved collaborations.' - Christopher Potts, MIND

'...a very significant contribution to the expanding field of Gricean pragmatics (and its neo- and post-variants) for two reasons: it is the first book-length treatment of the whole of Grice's philosophy, including his work on ethics and rationality, and it is the first to make systematic use of the significant unpublished materials of the Grice archives. Let me state immediately that I believe the book is excellent...' - Journal of Pragmatics

'It is time linguists looked beyond 'Logic and conversation' and considered the whole of Grice's work in its philosophical context. Chapman's highly readable book enables them to do just that' - Bethan Davies, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, UK


'Grice himself was adamant about the unity of his thoughts, but it is sometimes hard to appreciate that unity because of the way he published (or in many cases, did not publish) his work. The author has done a great service to philosophers and linguists in bringing together all Grice's work. I particularly like the way she weaves together biographical material with intellectual endeavours. She successfully explains Grice-the-philosopher to linguists, and Grice-the-linguist to philosophers' - Anita Avramides, Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, UK


Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
The Skilful Heretic
Philosophical Influences
Post-War Oxford
Meaning
Logic and Conversation
American Formalism
Philosophical Psychology
Metaphysics and Value
Gricean Pragmatics
Notes
References
Index


Authors

SIOBHAN CHAPMAN is Senior Lecturer in English language, University of Liverpool, UK. Her publications include Language and Empiricism - After the Vienna Circle (2008), Accent in Context (1998) and Philosophy for Linguists (2000).