Michael Anthony Eardley Dummett

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Michael Dummett, who was, during the second half of the twentieth century, Britain’s most important analytic philosopher of language, proposed that the philosophy of language is first philosophy. He was born in London and attended Sandroyd School in Wiltshire, Winchester College, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a first in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1950. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the Royal Artillery and Intelligence Corps in India and Malaya. He spent the bulk of his academic career at All Souls, Oxford, being a Fellow there until 1979, when he became Wykeham professor of logic at New College.

Dummet’s most influential work, Frege: Philosophy of Language,appeared in 1973. In t…

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Green, Karen Anne Hamnet. "Michael Anthony Eardley Dummett". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 July 2013
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