Ideas of H. Paul Grice, by Theme

[British, 1913 - 1988, At St John's, Oxford University, and then the University of California, Berkeley.]

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysical Systems
The greatest philosophers are methodical; it is what makes them great
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / c. Truth-function conditionals
Conditionals are truth-functional, but we must take care with misleading ones [Edgington]
The odd truth table for material conditionals is explained by conversational conventions [Fisher]
Conditionals might remain truth-functional, despite inappropriate conversational remarks [Edgington]
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / f. Pragmatics of conditionals
A person can be justified in believing a proposition, though it is unreasonable to actually say it [Edgington]
Conditionals are truth-functional, but unassertable in tricky cases? [Read]
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 3. Meaning as Speaker's Intention
Only the utterer's primary intention is relevant to the meaning
Meaning needs an intention to induce a belief, and a recognition that this is the speaker's intention
We judge linguistic intentions rather as we judge non-linguistic intentions, so they are alike
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 6. Meaning as Use
Grice said patterns of use are often semantically irrelevant, because it is a pragmatic matter [Glock]
19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / b. Implicature
Grice's maxim of quantity says be sufficiently informative [Magidor]
Grice's maxim of quality says do not assert what you believe to be false [Magidor]
Grice's maxim of manner requires one to be as brief as possible [Magidor]
Key conversational maxims are 'quality' (assert truth) and 'quantity' (leave nothing out) [Read]