Foundations of Illocutionary Logic
John R. Searle, Willis S and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy John R Searle, Daniel Vanderveken
CUP Archive, Apr 25, 1985 - Philosophy - 227 pages
This is a formal and systematic study of the logical foundations of speech act theory. The study of speech acts has been a flourishing branch of the philosophy of language and linguistics over the last two decades, and John Searle has of course himself made some of the most notable contributions to that study in the sequence of books Speech Acts (1969), Expression and Meaning (1979) and Intentionality (1983). In collaboration with Daniel Vanderveken he now presents the first formalised logic of a general theory of speech acts, dealing with such things as the nature of an illocutionary force, the logical form of its components, and the conditions of success of elementary illocutionary acts. The central chapters present a systematic exposition of the axioms and general laws of illocutionary logic.
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Basic notions of a calculus of speech acts
The logical structure of the set of illocutionary
Conditions of success of illocutionary acts
On the logical form of the various components
Axiomatic propositional illocutionary logic
General laws of illocutionary logic
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act of form action represented affairs represented axioms belief commits the speaker components of illocutionary conditional illocutionary act conditions of F conditions of success conjunction context of utterance course of action definition degree F degree of strength direction of fit directive illocutionary force elementary illocutionary acts English example expresses a psychological expressive illocutionary forces Fi(Pi force F form F(P future course hearer iff the speaker illocution illocutionary act F(P illocutionary commitment illocutionary denegation illocutionary entailment illocutionary logic illocutionary point illocutionary verbs law of identity mode F mode of achievement notion possible contexts possible worlds presupposes primitive illocutionary force promise Prop propositional attitude propositional content conditions relatively incompatible relatively inconsistent request semantic set of illocutionary simple illocutionary forces simultaneously performable sincerity conditions speaker is committed speech act strength of illocutionary strict implication strongly commits successful performance tionary acts tionary forces tionary point tions true world of utterance