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1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 4. Ordinary Language

[aiming at wisdom by analysis of ordinary language]

17 ideas
We must be careful to keep words distinct from ideas and images [Spinoza]
Philosophy should not focus on names, but on the determined nature of things [Feuerbach]
'Socrates is human' expresses predication, and 'Socrates is a man' expresses identity [Russell]
A logical language would show up the fallacy of inferring reality from ordinary language [Russell]
We don't need a theory of truth, because we use the word perfectly well [Wittgenstein]
Without words or other symbols, we have no world [Goodman]
Close examination of actual word usage is the only sure way in philosophy [Strawson,P]
The best way to do ontology is to make sense of our normal talk [Davidson]
Semantic facts are preferable to transcendental philosophical fiction [Wiggins]
If philosophy is analysis of meaning, available to all competent speakers, what's left for philosophers? [Soames]
There are the 'is' of predication (a function), the 'is' of identity (equals), and the 'is' of existence (quantifier) [Benardete,JA]
If you begin philosophy with language, you find yourself trapped in it [Heil]
Linguistic philosophy approaches problems by attending to actual linguistic usage [Mautner]
Questions about objects are questions about certain non-vacuous singular terms [Hale]
'Did it for the sake of x' doesn't involve a sake, so how can ontological commitments be inferred? [Macdonald]
Analysis rests on natural language, but its ideal is a framework which revises language [Halbach]
Note that "is" can assert existence, or predication, or identity, or classification [PG]