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Palgrave Macmillan

J. L. Austin on Language

ISBN 9781137329981
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Philosophers in Depth

In the middle of the Twentieth century J.L. Austin subjected language to a close and intense analysis. This book deals with his examination of the various things we do with words, comparing his work with that of more recent philosophers and social scientists. It shows that his work can still play a vital role in enhancing our understanding of language. It also deals with the philosophical insights that Austin believed could be gained by closely examining the uses of words by non-philosophers. The school of thought that Austin's name is usually linked with – 'ordinary language philosophy' – is often overlooked today. This book contains both criticisms of Austin's philosophical work where he used this approach, and defences of it that aim to show that it can still be a source of valuable insights.

Brian Garvey is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK. He studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin and is the author of The Philosophy of Biology (2007).

Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Brian Garvey
Remembering J.L. Austin; Ann Lendrum
1. Recollections of Austin; John R. Searle
2. Austin on Language and Action; Marina Sbisà
3. When Words Do Things: Perlocutions and Social Affordances; Charles Lassiter
4. Etiolations; Joe Friggieri
5. How to Do Things Without Words; Tom Grimwood and Paul K. Miller
6. Austin's Method; Hanno Birken-Bertsch
7. Getting the Philosopher out of the Armchair: J. L. Austin's Response to Logical Positivism in Comparison to that of Arne Naess; Siobhan Chapman
8. Verbal Fallacies and Philosophical Intuitions: The Continuing Relevance of Ordinary Language Analysis; Eugen Fischer
9. Sense and Sensibilia and the Significance of Linguistic Phenomenology; Roberta Locatelli
10. Austin on the Philosophy of Perception; Paul Snowdon
11. Austin on Conceptual Polarity and Sensation Deception Metaphors; Dale Jacquette
12. The Importance of Intentions in Introspection; Kevin Reuter
13. Ordinary Language and the Nature of Emotions and Motives; Harry Lesser

Hanno Birken-Bertsch, independent scholar, Germany
Siobhan Chapman, University of Liverpool, UK
Eugen Fischer, University of East Anglia, UK
Joe Friggieri, University of Malta
Tom Grimwood, University of Cumbria, UK
Dale Jacquette, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Charles Lassiter, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, USA
Harry Lesser, University of Manchester, UK
Roberta Locatelli, University of Warwick, UK
Paul Miller, University of Cumbria, UK
Kevin Reuter, Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany
Marina Sbisà, University of Trieste, Italy
John R. Searle, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Paul F. Snowdon, University College London, UK


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