Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
How To Do Things With WordsThe William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

J.L. Austin

Print publication date: 1975

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 December 2019

Lecture II

Lecture II

Chapter:
(p.12) Lecture II
Source:
How To Do Things With Words
Author(s):

J. L. Austin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.003.0002

Besides the uttering of the words of the so-called performative, a good many other things have as a general rule to be right and to go right if one is to be said to have happily brought off the action. This chapter looks at types of case in which something goes wrong and the act – marrying, betting, bequeathing, christening – is therefore at least to some extent a failure: the utterance is true but in general unhappy. And for this reason, the discussion refers to this as the doctrine of the things that can be and go wrong on the occasion of such utterances, the doctrine of the infelicities. It also points out that many of the ‘acts’ that concern the jurist include the utterance of performatives, or at any rate include the performance of some conventional procedures.

Keywords:   performatives, saying, philosophy, statement, infelicities, jurisprudence

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .