How to Do Things with Words

How to Do Things with Words : The William James Lectures delivered in Harvard University in 1955

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This work sets out Austin's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts for at least the last ten years of his life. Starting from an exhaustive examination of his already well-known distinction between performative utterances and statements, Austin here finally abandons that distinction, replacing it with a more general theory of 'illocutionary forces' of utterances which has important bearings on a wide variety of philosophical problems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 019281205X
  • 9780192812056
  • 515,893

Table of contents

Performatives and constatives; conditions for happy performatives; infelicities - misfires; infelicities - abuses; possible criteria of performatives; explicit performatives; explicit performative verbs; locutionary, illocutionary and perlocutionary acts; distinctions between illocutionary and perlocutionary acts; "in saying" versus "by saying"; statements, performatives and illocutionary force; classes of illocutionary force.
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