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Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy$
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Sandra Laugier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226470542

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037554.001.0001

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Empiricism Again

Empiricism Again

(p.54) Chapter Five Empiricism Again
Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy

Sandra Laugier

Daniela Ginsburg

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the question of empiricism through discussing Austin's theory of perception. A superficial reading of Sense and Sensibilia, Austin's least understood work, might lead one to believe that Austin defends a linguistic or language-based theory of perception. However, quite the opposite is true. Austin rejects the idea that our perception is dependent on language, but he does not say that perception is independent of language. On the contrary, these two opposing arguments share the same defect. First, they are typically philosophical arguments that not only neglect the ordinary use of language but even pervert it, and next, they rest on the same metaphysical presupposition that the relation between language and perception can be examined, evaluated, or discussed.

Keywords:   empiricism, perception, metaphysical presupposition, language

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