NeMLA 2023 Panel: Ordinary Language Philosophy and Resilience
How can ordinary language philosophy’s (OLP) picture of language as a shared form of life foster resilience? For OLP, language is a peculiarly stable and resilient reservoir of meaning which we share. Speakers agree in language, in form(s) of life, and, “queer as it may sound,” Wittgenstein writes, in judgments. For Sandra Laugier, this is not intersubjective agreement but rather “as objective an agreement as possible.” When we are beset by pain, trauma, or skepticism, we can resiliently recover from this alienation of the self by recalling the shape of our lives in language.