Ordinary language philosophy in Aarhus

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This paper examines the way in which Ordinary Language Philosophy came to exert an important influence on the work done at Aarhus University's department of philosophy in the latter half of the 20th century. The first section depicts the rise of Ordinary Language Philosophy as an international movement centered around Oxford in the wake of World War ii. The second section goes on to describe how it was brought to Aarhus by Professor Justus Hartnack, who had been deeply influenced by the movement during stays abroad in the UK and the US. The following three sections move on to describe some of the important ways in which Ordinary Language Philosophy has influenced the work of three of Hartnack's most prominent students (Hans Fink, Uffe Juul Jensen and Jørgen Husted), who have influenced the life of the department in crucial ways from the 1970s until recently. Finally, the paper ends by briefly assessing the legacy and contemporary influence of Ordinary Language Philosophy in Aarhus.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)61-83
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Aarhus University
  • Analytic philosophy
  • Hans Fink
  • History of philosophy
  • Justus Hartnack
  • Jørgen Husted
  • Ordinary language philosophy
  • Uffe Juul Jensen
  • Wittgenstein

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