Analytic Philosophy Part 4: Grice’s Critique of Naturalism

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“To understand Grice’s Meaning we must understand that it is a response to the Causal Theory of Meaning that was popular at the time. Developed by C.L. Stevenson and others and influenced by the behaviourism of B.F. Skinner, the causal theory of meaning tries to reduce meaning to a form of natural law or causal law. Natural law itself has been interpreted differently by different schools of philosophy. For some it is very much a metaphysical view. … For Grant this order is decreed by God. And the morality engendered by natural law is absolute. … Classical liberalism takes a different view. It tries to put the ‘natural’ back in natural law and removes the Platonic idealism that so moved Grant.” (01/06/22)