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John Austin

(1790—1859) legal philosopher

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What an agent does, as opposed to what happens to an agent (or even what happens inside an agent's head). Describing events that happen does not of itself permit us to talk of rationality...

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Allen Phillips Griffiths

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1927–)

A. Phillips Griffiths, known to the philosophical world as ‘Griff’, was born in Llandaff on 11 June 1927. After school in Cardiff, leaving Whitchurch Cardiff Grammar in...

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appearance

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

1. The way something seems on the surface, as opposed to some underlying reality.

2. In nonverbal communication, the way someone looks to an observer...

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Arthur Norman Prior

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1914–69).

New Zealand-born philosopher who taught at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the University of Manchester before becoming a Fellow of Balliol College,...

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common sense school

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Title for a school of Scottish philosophy, whose most distinguished member was Thomas Reid, but which was widely disseminated by teachers, especially in the United States. It stood for...

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constative

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Term used by J. L. Austin to denote a speech act with which one declares something to be the case, as opposed to performing other things.

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Donald George Cecil MacNabb

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1905–91)

Donald George Cecil MacNabb was born in Masnyo, Burma on 16 October 1905 and died on 11 January 1991. His father was Lt Col. Donald John Campbell MacNabb and ...

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Frances Wright

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.

(1795–1852),

Scottish-born free-thinker and author, who spent two years in the U.S. (1818–20), where she produced her play Altorf (1819), about the Swiss fight for independence,...

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George Cornewall Lewis

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

George Cornewall Lewis was born in London on 21 April 1806 and died at Harpton Court, Radnorshire on 13 April 1863. He was the elder son of Thomas Frankland Lewis, to whose baronetcy he was...

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Gottlob Frege

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1848–1925)

German mathematician, logician, and philosopher who laid the foundations for modern investigations into the philosophy of logic and language.

Born in Wismar...

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