Paul Grice

1913 - 1988

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Herbert Paul Grice (13 March 1913 – 28 August 1988), usually publishing under the name H. P. Grice, H. Paul Grice, or Paul Grice, was a British philosopher of language. He is best known for his theory of implicature and the cooperative principle (with its namesake Gricean maxims), which became foundational concepts in the linguistic field of pragmatics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Grice has received more than 380,198 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Paul Grice is the 389th most popular philosopher (up from 403rd in 2019), the 763rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 778th in 2019) and the 25th most popular British Philosopher.

Paul Grice is most famous for his four maxims of conversation. These are: 1) Be clear, 2) Be brief, 3) Be orderly, and 4) Be relevant.

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Among philosophers, Paul Grice ranks 389 out of 1,089Before him are Nasir Khusraw, Guan Zhong, Richard Avenarius, Cleobulus, Otto Neurath, and Julius Caesar Scaliger. After him are Franz Rosenzweig, Ágnes Heller, Christian Thomasius, Daniel Dennett, Alexandre Koyré, and Johannes Althusius.

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Among people born in 1913, Paul Grice ranks 51Before him are Aimé Césaire, Irwin Shaw, Peter Cushing, Vinicius de Moraes, Mary Ainsworth, and Gert Fröbe. After him are Witold Lutosławski, Jacobo Árbenz, Mark Felt, Roger Caillois, Jan Kubiš, and Sergey Mikhalkov. Among people deceased in 1988, Paul Grice ranks 23Before him are Luis Barragán, Juan Pujol García, John Holmes, Kim Philby, Clifford D. Simak, and Gert Fröbe. After him are Hiroaki Sato, Klaus Fuchs, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Tibor Sekelj, André Frédéric Cournand, and Muzafer Sherif.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Paul Grice ranks 763 out of 6,924Before him are Bill Wyman (1936), Chaim Herzog (1918), Kenneth Branagh (1960), Pete Townshend (1945), James Mill (1773), and Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764). After him are Tim Roth (1961), Arthur Cayley (1821), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734), Stanley Rous (1895), Guy Ritchie (1968), and Anthony James Leggett (1938).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Paul Grice ranks 25Before him are A. S. Neill (1883), J. L. Austin (1911), E. H. Carr (1892), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), H. L. A. Hart (1907), and John of Salisbury (1110). After him are Francis Hutcheson (1694), Alan Watts (1915), Roger Scruton (1944), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), Gilbert Ryle (1900), and A. J. Ayer (1910).