Mountains, cones and dilemmas of context: the case of "ordinary language" in philosophy and social scientific method

Miller, Paul K. and Grimwood, Tom (2015) Mountains, cones and dilemmas of context: the case of "ordinary language" in philosophy and social scientific method. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 45 (3). pp. 331-355.

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Abstract

The order of influence from thesis to hypothesis, and from philosophy to the social sciences, has historically governed the way in which the abstraction and significance of language as an empirical object is determined. In this paper, an argument is made for the development of a more reflexive intellectual relationship between ordinary language philosophy (OLP) and the social sciences that it helped inspire. It is demonstrated that, and how, the social scientific traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis press OLP to re-consider the variety of problematic abstractions it has previously made for the sake of philosophical clarity, thereby self-reinvigorating.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1552-7441
Departments: Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 17:20
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1809

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