The so called ordinary language philosophy held that many philosophical problems arose due to confused and inappropriate uses of language that deviated from ordinary language. On their view, philosophers should always attempt to frame their problems in terms of, and to respect the "intuitions" of, ordinary language. Often this point was made by referring to "ordinary English," since the school of philosophy that most vigorously promoted this meta-philosophy was Oxford. This same phrase is still used, occasionally, by (broadly understood) analytic philosophers in supporting or criticizing philosophical positions. Even those who do not hold with the tenets of ordinary language philosophy sometimes regard it a damning criticism of a philosophical view if it involves the use of some term that deviates too widely from ordinary English (ordinary language).
A relatively well understood failure of ordinary language, in terms of its inability to fully describe reality without jargon (in this case mathematics), is quantum mechanics.
First Word Philosophy.(First Word Philosophy: Writings on Ordinary Language Philosophy)(Brief Article)(Book Review)
Feb 01, 2006; First Word Philosophy Richard Fleming Bucknell University Press c/o Associated University Presses 440 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury,...