Three Ways of Spilling Ink<sup>1</sup>

J. L. Austin, J. O. Urmson and G. J. Warnock

in Philosophical Papers

Third edition

Published in print March 1979 | ISBN: 9780192830210
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597039 | DOI:

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Three Ways of Spilling Ink1

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Picks up on a previous discussion of responsibility, freedom, and excuses (Ch. 8), in which Austin argues that, in order to discover whether someone acted freely, we must discover whether certain excuses relevant to the situation at hand are acceptable. The notion of freedom, according to this view, is intractably linked to the notion of responsibility. Chapter 12 refines the previous discussion, by illuminating the differences between the notions of purpose, intention, and deliberation in a variety of speech acts.

Keywords: Austin; deliberation; excuses; freedom; intention; purpose; responsibility; speech acts

Chapter.  5799 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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