Austin and ‘Locutionary Meaning’

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI:
 Austin and ‘Locutionary Meaning’

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Progressively richer senses of the expression ‘the meaning of what was said’ as applied to an utterance made on some occasion are distinguished. An unsuccessful attempt at elucidating Austin's notion of the content (meaning) of a ‘locutionary act’ in the light of these distinctions is followed by a proposed (imposed) solution that depends on the notion of statements or propositions as candidates for truth‐evaluation. Austin's general reasons for reservations about ‘true’ are questioned, and their extension to reservations about distinguishing truth‐evaluation from other dimensions of assessment is shown to be unsound.

Keywords: assessment; force; imperative; implication; meaning; proposition; reference; sense; thought; true

Chapter.  9082 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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