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

Print publication date: 1979

Print ISBN-13: 9780192830210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019283021X.001.0001

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Pretending 1

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Philosophical Papers

J. L. Austin

J. O. Urmson

G. J. Warnock

Oxford University Press

Addresses Bedford’s attack on appeals to introspection in the identification of emotions, which lead him to raise the question of how to draw the line between genuine and pretended anger. Austin demonstrates, through a close examination of the speech acts of ‘pretending’ and ‘really being’, that none of the supposed conditional relations (e.g. not really being  pretending; really being  not pretending etc.) between these two notions actually holds. The essay further introduces Austin’s distinction between ‘pretending to do’ and ‘pretending to be’ and emphasises the complex and diverse forms speech acts involving ‘pretending’ can take.,

Keywords:   anger, Austin, Bedford, emotions, introspection, pretending, speech act

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