The Info List - P. F. Strawson

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SIR PETER FREDERICK STRAWSON FBA (/ˈstrɔːsən/ ; 23 November 1919 – 13 February 2006), usually cited as P. F. STRAWSON, was an English philosopher. He was the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
(Magdalen College ) from 1968 to 1987. Before that, he was appointed as a college lecturer at University College, Oxford , in 1947, and became a tutorial fellow the following year, until 1968. On his retirement in 1987, he returned to the college and continued working there until shortly before his death. His portrait was painted by the artists Muli Tang and Daphne Todd .

When he died, the obituary in The Guardian
The Guardian
noted that, "Oxford was the world capital of philosophy between 1950 and 1970, and American academics flocked there, rather than the traffic going the other way. That golden age had no greater philosopher than Sir Peter Strawson."


* 1 Early years * 2 Career * 3 Personal life

* 4 Partial bibliography

* 4.1 Books * 4.2 Articles

* 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links


Peter Strawson was born in Ealing , west London, and brought up in Finchley , north London, by his parents, both of whom were teachers. He was educated at Christ\'s College, Finchley , followed by St John\'s College, Oxford , where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics .


Strawson first became well known with his article "On Referring" (1950), a criticism of Bertrand Russell 's Theory of Descriptions (see also Definite descriptions ) that Russell explained in the famous "On Denoting" article (1905).

In philosophical methodology, there are (at least) two important and interrelated features of Strawson's work that are worthy of note. The first is the project of a 'descriptive' metaphysics, and the second is his notion of a shared conceptual scheme, composed of concepts operated in everyday life. In his book Individuals, Strawson attempts to give a description of various concepts that form an interconnected web, representing (part of) our common, shared, human conceptual scheme. In particular, he examines our conceptions of basic particulars, and how they are variously brought under general spatio-temporal concepts. What makes this a metaphysical project is that it exhibits, in fine detail, the structural features of our thought about the world, and thus precisely delimits how we, humans, think about reality.

Strawson was made a Fellow of the British Academy
British Academy
in 1960 and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1971. He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1969 to 1970. He was knighted , in 1977, for services to philosophy.


After serving as a captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II
World War II
, Strawson married Ann Martin in 1945. They had four children, including the philosopher Galen Strawson . He lived in Oxford all his adult life and died in hospital on 13 February 2006 after a short illness. P. F. Strawson was elder brother to Major General John Strawson .



* Introduction to Logical Theory. London: Methuen , 1952.

* Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics. London: Methuen, 1959.

* German translation by F. Scholz (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1972) * French translation by A. Shalom and P. Drong (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1973) * Italian translation by E. Bencivenga (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1978) * Japanese translation by N. Nakamura (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, 1978) * Polish translation by B. Chwedenczuk (Warsaw: Wydawniczy Pax, 1980) * Spanish translation by A. Suarez and L. Villanueva (Madrid: Taurus, 1989)

* The Bounds of Sense : An Essay on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. London: Methuen, 1966.

* Spanish translation by C. Luis Andre (Madrid: Revista de Occidente, 1975) * German translation by E. Lange (Hain, 1981) * Italian translation by M. Palumbo (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 1985) * Japanese translation, 1987

* Logico-Linguistic Papers. London: Methuen, 1971 * Freedom and Resentment and other Essays. London: Methuen, 1974 * Subject and Predicate in Logic and Grammar. London: Methuen, 1974 * Skepticism and Naturalism: Some Varieties. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. * Analysis
and Metaphysics: An Introduction to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
, 1992. * Entity and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. * Philosophical Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.


* "Necessary Propositions and Entailment Statements" (Mind, 1948) * "Truth" (Analysis, 1949) * "Ethical Intuitionism (Philosophy, 1949) * "Truth" (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society suppl. vol. xxiv, 1950) * "On Referring" (Mind , 1950) * "Particular and General" (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society , 1953 * "Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations (Mind, vol. 63, 1954) * "A Logician's Landscape" (Philosophy, Vol. 30, 1955) * "Construction and Analysis" in A.J. Ayer et al., The Revolution in Philosophy. London: Macmillan, 1956 * "Singular Terms, Ontology and Identity" (Mind, Vol. 65, 1956) * "In Defence of a Dogma" with H. P. Grice ( Philosophical Review , 1956) * "Logical Subjects and Physical Objects" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research , 1957) * "Propositions, Concepts and Logical Truths" (Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 7, 1957) * "Proper Names" (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supp. Vol. 31, 1957) * "On Justifying Induction" (Philosophical Studies, 1958) * "The Post-Linguistic Thaw" (Times Literary Supplement, 1960) * "Freedom and Resentment" (Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 48, 1960) * "Singular Terms and Predication" ( Journal of Philosophy , 1961) * " Perception and Identification" (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supp. Vol. 35, 1961) * "Carnap's Views on Constructed Systems v. Natural Languages in Analytical Philosophy" in The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap ed. P.A. Schlipp (La Salle Ill.: Open Court, 1963) * " A Problem about Truth: A reply to Mr. Warnock" in Truth, ed. G. Pitcher, Englewood Cliffs (N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964) * "Truth: A Reconsideration of Austin's Views" (Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 15, 1965) * "Self, Mind and Body" (Common Factor, Vol. 4, 1966) * "Is Existence Never A Predicate" (Critica, Vol.1, 1967) * "Bennett on Kant's Analytic" (Philosophical Review, Vol. 77, 1968) * "Meaning and Truth" (Proceedings of the British Academy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969) * "Imagination and Perception" in Experience and Theory, ed. L. Foster and J.W. Swanson (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press , 1970) * "Categories" in Ryle: A Collection of Critical essays, ed. O.P. Wood and G. Pitcher, (New York: Doubleday, 1970) * "The Asymmetry of Subjects and Predicates" in Language, Belief and Metaphysics, ed. H.E. Kiefer and M.K. Munitz (New York: State of University of New York Press, 1970) * "Self-Reference, Contradiction and Content-Parasitic Predicates" (Indian review of Philosophy, 1972) * "Different Conceptions of Analytical Philosophy" (Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 1973) * "Austin and 'Locutionary Meaning'" in Essays on J.L. Austin, ed. I Berlin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973) * "On Understanding the Structure of One's Language" in Freedom and Resentment and Other Essays * "Positions for Quantifiers" in semantics and Philosophy, ed. M.K. Munitz and P.K. Unger (New York: New York University Press, 1974) * "Does Knowledge
Have Foundations?" (Conocimiento y Creencia, 1974) * "Semantics, Logic and Ontology" (Neue Hafte fur Philosophie, 1975) * " Knowledge
and Truth" (Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 3., No. 3, 1976)

* " Entity and Identity" in Contemporary British Philosophy Fourth Series, ed. H.D. Lewis (London: Allen and Unwin, 1976) * "Scruton and Wright on Anti-Realism" (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. 77, 1976) * "May Bes and Might Have Beens" in Meaning and Use, ed. A. Margalit (London: Reidel, 1979) * " Perception and its Objects" in Perception and Identity: Essays Presented to A.J. Ayer, ed. G.F. Macdonald (London: Macmillan, 1979) * "Universals" ( Midwest Studies in Philosophy , 1979) * "Belief, Reference and Quantification" (Monist, 1980) * "P.F. Strawson Replies" in Philosophical Subjects Presented to P.F. Strawson, ed. Zak Van Straaten (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980) * "Comments and Reples" (Philosophia, Vol. 10, 1981) * "Logical Form and Logical Constants" in Logical Form, Predication and Ontology, ed. P.K. Sen (India: Macmillan, 1982) * " Liberty and Necessity" in Spinoza, His Thought -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ N. Milkov, A Hundred Years of English Philosophy, Springer Science+Business Media, 2013, p. 201. * ^ Todd, Daphne . "Bill Sykes, Peter Strawson, George Cawkwell and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann". Your Paintings. UK: BBC
. Retrieved 23 January 2015. External link in work= (help ) * ^ The Guardian
The Guardian
– Obituary * ^ P.F. Strawson, Individuals


* Philosophical Subjects: Essays Presented to P. F. Strawson, ed. Zak Van Straaten (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980) * Leibniz and Strawson: A New Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics, Clifford Brown (Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 1990) * Ensayos sobre Strawson, ed. Carlos E. Carosi (Montevideo: Universidad de la Republica, 1992) * The Philosophy of P. F. Strawson, ed. Pranab Kumar Sen and Roop Rekha Verma (Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 1995) * The Philosophy of P. F. Strawson, Lewis E. Hahn, ed. (Open Court, 1998) * Theories of Truth, Richard Kirkham ( MIT Press
MIT Press
, 1992). (Chapter 10 contains a detailed discussion of Strawson's performative theory of truth.) * Strawson & Kant: ensaios comemorativos aos 50 anos de The Bounds of Sense. GELAIN, Itamar Luís & CONTE, Jaimir (Org.) Pelotas: NEPFIL (On-line), 2016. * Ensaios sobre a filosofia de Strawson. CONTE, Jaimir white-space:nowrap;">