Roots in Ordinary Language Philosophy

Values-based practice is derived from work in ordinary language philosophy by the ‘Oxford school’ on the language of values.

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Ordinary Language Philosophy and Other Origins

Ordinary language philosophy, powerful as it can be, is most effective when combined with other approaches, philosophical and indeed empirical.

Austin, a key figure in the Oxford School, once described ordinary language philosophy as ‘… possibly one way of getting started with some kinds of philosophical problem’ (cited by Warnock, 1989, p5).

Further sections of the Reading Guide will look at other philosophical and empirical sources respectively of values-based practice.

The theory of values-based practice remains in important respects controversial (see Research and On-going Development).


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WikiVBP Reference Library

The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.

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Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values-based Surgical Care

Values-based practice in surgery is an innovative approach to decision making in surgery, linking science with people.


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The CUP Book Series

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