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 who created the theory of implicature and the cooperative principle (with its namesake Gricean maxims), which became foundational concepts in the linguistic field of pragmatics. His work on meaning has also influenced the philosophical study of semantics. Born and raised in Harborne (now a suburb of Birmingham), in the United Kingdom, he was educated at Clifton College and then at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Grice has received more than 536,146 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Paul Grice is the 539th most popular philosopher (down from 406th in 2019), the 1,079th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 822nd in 2019) and the 29th 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 539 out of 1,267Before him are Saul Kripke, Polemon, Émile Boirac, Georges Canguilhem, Zeno of Sidon, and Pietro d'Abano. After him are Karl Korsch, Chaïm Perelman, Axel Honneth, Kenneth Waltz, Al-Baydawi, and Jan Patočka.

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Among people born in 1913, Paul Grice ranks 75Before him are Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Israel Gelfand, Méret Oppenheim, Benjamin Bloom, Yasuo Suzuki, and Mark Felt. After him are Lloyd Bridges, Wolfgang Lüth, Philip Abelson, Johannes Steinhoff, Loretta Young, and Marika Rökk. Among people deceased in 1988, Paul Grice ranks 45Before him are Ana Aslan, Willem Drees, Chico Mendes, Muzafer Sherif, Trường Chinh, and Khalil al-Wazir. After him are Luis Walter Alvarez, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Renato Salvatori, Karl August Wittfogel, René Char, and Bacha Khan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Paul Grice ranks 1,079 out of 8,785Before him are Mungo Park (1771), Edmund Leighton (1852), William Henry Perkin (1838), Jane Hawking (1944), Chris Patten (1944), and Godwin, Earl of Wessex (1001). After him are Sacha Baron Cohen (1971), Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883), William Stuart-Houston (1911), Dirk Bogarde (1921), Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770), and Honor Blackman (1925).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Paul Grice ranks 29Before him are E. H. Carr (1892), Adam Ferguson (1723), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Antony Flew (1923), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), and A. J. Ayer (1910). After him are Roger Scruton (1944), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), Alan Watts (1915), Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623), and Thomas Reid (1710).