Alan Richard White

(1922—1992) philosopher

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Alan R. White was born in Toronto on 9 October 1922 and died in Nottingham on 23 February 1992. He completed his undergraduate training at Trinity College Dublin, and his PhD at the University of London under the supervision of A.J. Ayer. Having obtained firsts in classics and mental and moral philosophy at Trinity College, he is said to have scored over 100 per cent in his exams by taking some of them in Gaelic, for which extra credit was given. In 1961 White became the Ferens Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull and retained the chair until 1989. He served as Secretary of the Mind Association from 1960 to 1969, and President of the Aristotelian Society from 1979 to 1980. With J.L. Austin, Gilbert Ryle, J.O. Urmson, P.F. Strawson and H. Paul Grice, White was a leading figure in post World War II ‘ordinary language philosophy’, a movement so named for its emphasis on paying careful attention to everyday linguistic usage as a means of making philosophical progress.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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