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P. F. Strawson

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Peter Frederick Strawson was born in 1919 in London. He is a professor of metaphysics at the University of Oxford. Strawson was a leading proponent of Ordinary language philosophy. Strawson first became well known with his article “On Referring” (1950). It is a criticism of Russell’s Theory of Descriptions (see also Definite descriptions). Important books: Introduction to Logical Theory, Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics, and The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. He was also knighted in 1977 (so he is also known as Sir Peter Strawson).

He is the father of Galen Strawson.


Richard Kirkham, Theories of Truth, MIT Press: 1992. Chapter 10 contains a detailed discussion of Strawson's preformative theory of truth.

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Truth Page contains a short description of Strawson's 'performative theory of truth.' Follow the below link to read about this theory, and and others as well.