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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250150.001.0001

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Austin and ‘Locutionary Meaning’

Austin and ‘Locutionary Meaning’

(p.191) 11 Austin and ‘Locutionary Meaning’
Entity and Identity

P. F. Strawson

Oxford University Press

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

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