How to Do Things with Words

How to Do Things with Words

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John L. Austin was one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century. The William James Lectures presented Austin's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts on a wide variety of philosophical problems. These talks became the classic How to Do Things with Wordsshow more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 126 x 184 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 0674411528
  • 9780674411524
  • 48,952

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Immensely worth reading...What is made available here is a choice work by one of the most acute and original minds that England has produced in our time...The myth that Oxford philosophers in general, and Austin in particular, do nothing but examine the details of ordinary linguistic usage should be exploded once and for all by this new book. Times Literary Supplement Austin had an extraordinarily keen ear for the subtleties of English and a remarkable sensitivity to the aptness of one expression as opposed to another in a given linguistic situation. To read him is not only a pleasure; it is also to learn much about English and to gain a new respect for its proper use. The Massachusetts Reviewshow more

Table of contents

* Lecture I * Lecture II * Lecture III * Lecture IV * Lecture V * Lecture VI * Lecture VII * Lecture VIII * Lecture IX * Lecture X * Lecture XI * Lecture XIIshow more