Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
'Chapman has performed a great service for us all by organizing and distilling Grice's numerous unpublished notes and unresolved collaborations.' - Christopher Potts, MIND
'...a very significant contribution to the expanding field of Gricean pragmatics (and its neo- and post-variants) for two reasons: it is the first book-length treatment of the whole of Grice's philosophy, including his work on ethics and rationality, and it is the first to make systematic use of the significant unpublished materials of the Grice archives. Let me state immediately that I believe the book is excellent...' - Journal of Pragmatics
Paul Grice is best known for a few short articles that have been hugely influential in philosophy and particularly in linguistics. However, these form only a small part of a wide-ranging body of work covering meaning, reference, logic, metaphysics and ethics. This is the first book-length study of Grice's work as a whole. It draws on both published and unpublished material to demonstrate the development of, but also the essential coherence of, Grice's thinking. Siobhan Chapman discusses his lesser-known writings and reconsiders the ideas for which he is best known, particularly the theory of conversation, in the context of his work as a whole. She considers Grice's ideas in terms of their impact, particularly on the development of pragmatics, and assesses Grice's work in the context of the time in which it was written, examining how it was shaped by his personal philosophical influences and career, and by his character.
Philosophy of Language