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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264232

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.001.0001

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Peter Frederick Strawson 1919–2006

Peter Frederick Strawson 1919–2006

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(p.218) (p.219) (p.220) (p.221) Peter Frederick Strawson 1919–2006
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI
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Paul Snowdon

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.003.0011

Peter Frederick Strawson's life as a philosopher was spent mostly in positions at Oxford, first as a Fellow at University College, and then, after 1968, as Ryle's successor as Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy, at Magdalen College. Writing primarily about the philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of philosophy, he succeeded in redirecting Oxford philosophy away from the limitations that had to some extent been accepted under the influence of J. L. Austin, towards a re-engagement with some traditional and also some new abstract philosophical issues. Strawson established from the early 1950s onwards a pre-eminence within Oxford philosophy, both through his publications but also by his quite exceptional, although never brutal, critical abilities. Simultaneously, he established himself as one of the leading philosophers in the world.

Keywords:   philosopher, Oxford philosophy, biography, obituary

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