In a conversation recorded in 1983, Grice commented that fairly early in his career he stopped reading current philosophy.1 In the light of his constant engagement with the work of his contemporaries, this characteristically mischievous claim need not be taken at face value. Indeed, his own immediate elaboration somewhat modifies it. Instead of spending his time trying to keep up with all the philosophical journals, he concentrated increasingly on the history of philosophy, choosing his reading matter by strength of ideas rather than by date of composition. To this it might be added that he also devoted a great deal of time to face-to-face discussion with those he chose as his philosophical colleagues. Grice’s exaggerated claim therefore draws attention to two constant influences on his own philosophy: debate and collaboration with others engaged in similar fields of enquiry, coupled with what in the same conversation he calls ‘respect for the old boys’.
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