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Philosophical Papers

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

Abstract

This text collects all Austin’s published articles plus a new one, ch. 13, hitherto unpublished. The analysis of the ordinary language to clarify philosophical questions is the common element of the 13 papers. Chapters 2 and 4 discuss the nature of knowledge, focusing on ‘performative utterances’. The doctrine of ‘speech acts’, i.e. a statement may be the pragmatic use of language, is discussed in Chs 6 and 10. Chapters 8, 9, and 12 reflect on the problems the language encounters in discussing actions and consider the cases of excuses, accusations, and freedom. The ‘correspondence theory’, i.e ... More

Keywords: accusation, Aristotle, Austin, correspondence theory of truth, excuse, freedom, knowledge, ordinary language, ordinary language philosophy, performative utterance, philosophy of language, pretending, speech act theory, speech acts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1979 Print ISBN-13: 9780192830210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019283021X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. L. Austin, author
University of Oxford

J. O. Urmson, editor

G. J. Warnock, editor

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Front Matter

1 Aγαθόν and Eὐδαιμονία In the Ethics of Aristotle1

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

2 Are There A Priori Concepts?1

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

3 The Meaning of a Word

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

4 Other Minds1

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

5 Truth1

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

6 How to Talk1

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

7 Unfair to Facts

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

8 A Plea for Excuses1

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

9 Ifs and Cans1

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

10 Performative Utterances

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

11 Pretending1

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

12 Three Ways of Spilling Ink1

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

13 The Line and the Cave in Plato's Republic

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

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