The H. Paul. Grice Papers (1947-1989) consist of publications,
unpublished works, and correspondence from the notable English philosopher of language H.
Paul Grice, during his years as Professor Emeritus at Oxford until 1967 and the University
of California, Berkeley until his death in 1988. Also included are extensive notes and
research Grice conducted on theories of language semantics and theories of reason, trust,
and value. His most popular lectures, including the John Locke lectures, William James
lectures, Carus lectures, Urbana lectures, and Kant lectures are all documented as drafts
and finalized forms of transcripts and audio files within the collection.
Herbert Paul Grice, born in 1913 in Birmingham, England, obtained his degree at Corpus
Christi College in Oxford, where he returned to teach until 1967 after providing teaching
services at a public school in Rossall. In 1967, H.P. Grice moved to California, becoming a
professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley where he remained until
his death in 1988. His long list of contributions during his teaching career include the
William James Lectures from 1967-1968, his publication of "Utterer's Meaning,
Sentence-Meaning, and Word-Meaning," from 1968-1969, his Urbana lectures presented in 1970,
"Logic and Conversation," published in 1975, Kant lectures delivered in 1978-1977, John
Locke lectures presented in 1978-1979, and Carus lectures presented in 1983. Grice's
publications and lectures are compilations of his extensive research performed in the
philosophy of language, metaphysics, Aristotelian philosophy, philosophy of mind, and
ethics. Grice is also attributed with coining the word "implicature" in 1968 to describe
speakers, and for defining his own paradox known as "Grice's paradox," introduced in Grice's
"Studies in the Way of Words," (1989) a volume of all his publications and writings.
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