OLP on the BBC

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Last Thursday on the BBC’s ‘In Our Time’:

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.

Click here to access the broadcast (you’ve got a full year to listen for free), and here to view the complete program (next up: Shakespeare’s The Tempest!).

Thanks to all the readers who brought this to my attention! CL

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