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Philosophical Papers

J. L. Austin

Edited by J. O. Urmson and G. J. Warnock

Third edition

Published in print March 1979 | ISBN: 9780192830210
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597039 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019283021X.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Philosophical Papers

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This text collects all Austin’s published articles plus a new one, ch. 13, hitherto unpublished. The analysis of the ordinary language to clarify philosophical questions is the common element of the 13 papers. Chapters 2 and 4 discuss the nature of knowledge, focusing on ‘performative utterances’. The doctrine of ‘speech acts’, i.e. a statement may be the pragmatic use of language, is discussed in Chs 6 and 10. Chapters 8, 9, and 12 reflect on the problems the language encounters in discussing actions and consider the cases of excuses, accusations, and freedom. The ‘correspondence theory’, i.e. a statement is truth when it corresponds to a fact, is presented in Chs 5 and 6. Finally, Chs 1 and 3 study how a word may have different but related senses considering Aristotle’s view. Chapters 11 and 13 illustrate the meaning of ‘pretending’ and a Plato’s text respectively.

Keywords: accusation; Aristotle; Austin; correspondence theory of truth; excuse; freedom; knowledge; ordinary language; ordinary language philosophy; performative utterance; philosophy of language; pretending; speech act theory; speech acts

Book.  316 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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