The Oxford School of Ordinary Language Philosophy


Working mainly in the middle decades of the twentieth century, the ‘Oxford School’ sought to shift philosophers away from their traditional introspective analysis of concepts towards an outward-looking focus on the way concepts are actually used in everyday (ordinary) language.

Key exponents of this approach included JL Austin, RM Hare and GJ (Geoffrey) and Mary Warnock.

J L Austin
J L Austin
R M Hare Geoffrey and Mary Warnock
R M HareGeoffrey and Mary Warnock

This rather practical approach, through ordinary language, was applied among other areas to the language of values. The theory under-pinning values-based practice was derived by applying ideas from the Oxford School on the language of values to the language of medicine.

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