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How To Do Things With Words

J.L. Austin

Published in print September 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245537
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.001.0001

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

How To Do Things With Words

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This work sets out the author's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts for at least the last ten years of his life. Starting from an examination of his already well-known distinction between performative utterances and statements, he finally abandons that distinction, replacing it with a more general theory of ‘illocutionary forces’ of utterances, which has important bearings on a wide variety of philosophical problems.

Keywords: performative utterances; statements; grammar; philosophical problems; locutionary act

Book.  184 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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