Ordinary Language Analysis and Metaphysical Speculation
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This paper is the result of questions which first were brought to my mind in a course on Contemporary Philosophy. While reading Wittgenstein's The Blue and Brown Books, I became aware of what appeared to me to be an unacceptable rejection of traditional speculative philosophy. As I read into the literature of the "ordinary language movement", I found what appeared to be unwarranted anti-metaphysical attitudes; if not bluntly expressed, at least implied by certain writer's statements and doctrines. This essay is directed at those particular ordinary language positions which seem to have as their effect the restriction, instead of redirection of speculative thought.