Walter Jost: Doing Ordinary Language Criticism

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The fall 2006 issue of the St. John’s University Humanities Review contains an essay by Walter Jost, entitled “Doing Ordinary Language Criticism,” which I thought readers of this blog would enjoy reading. This brief essay presents in a compact, and characteristically lucid, form Jost’s own important and influential views about what “ordinary language criticism” is, and what it means to practice it. You can go to the essay by clicking here.

(In this piece, Jost refers to a classic essay by Gilbert Ryle, entitled “Ordinary Language,” which was published in a 1953 issue of Philosophical Review. A freely accessible version of Ryle’s paper is available on the Hist-Analytic website. You can access the paper by clicking here.)

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