How to Do Things with Words

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Clarendon Press, 1975 - LANGUAGE - 168 pages
This work sets out Austin'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 exhaustive examination of his already well-known distinction between performative utterances and statements, Austin here 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 philosophicalproblems.
 

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It's worth noting the title is a pun. Austin examines when a speech act is performative and not merely constative: when the 'saying' evokes or conjures rather than (merely) states or describes, and is ... Read full review

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Austin was apparently bothered by the lack of attention given by philosophers (or philologists) to whether a "statement" describes truly or falsely, while grammarians point out that there are also ... Read full review

Contents

LECTURE I
1
LECTURE II
12
LECTURE III
25
LECTURE IV
39
LECTURE V
53
LECTURE VI
67
LECTURE VII
83
LECTURE VIII
94
LECTURE IX
109
LECTURE X
121
LECTURE XI
133
LECTURE XII
148
INDEX
169
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