How to Do Things with Words

Author: John Langshaw Austin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674411528
Release Date: 1975-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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 Words. For this second edition, the editors have returned to Austin's original lecture notes, amending the printed text where it seemed necessary. Students will find the new text clearer, and, at the same time, more faithful to the actual lectures. An appendix contains literal transcriptions of a number of marginal notes made by Austin but not included in the text. Comparison of the text with these annotations provides new dimensions to the study of Austin's work.

How to Do Things with Words

Author: John Langshaw Austin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019824553X
Release Date: 1975
Genre: Language and languages

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.

How to Do Things with Words

Author: John L. Austin
Publisher:
ISBN: 019281205X
Release Date: 1976
Genre:

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.

Studies in the Way of Words

Author: Paul Grice
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674852710
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Philosophy

Essays discuss the work of William James, logic, meaning, common sense, philosopher's paradoxes, Descartes, perception, and Plato

Must We Mean What We Say

Author: Stanley Cavell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316425367
Release Date: 2015-10-06
Genre: Philosophy

In this classic collection of wide-ranging and interdisciplinary essays, Stanley Cavell explores a remarkably broad range of philosophical issues from politics and ethics to the arts and philosophy. The essays explore issues as diverse as the opposing approaches of 'analytic' and 'Continental' philosophy, modernism, Wittgenstein, abstract expressionism and Schoenberg, Shakespeare on human needs, the difficulties of authorship, Kierkegaard and post-Enlightenment religion. Presented in a fresh twenty-first century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface, written by Stephen Mulhall, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work is now available for a new generation of readers.

Expression and Meaning

Author: John R. Searle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521313937
Release Date: 1985-11-27
Genre: Philosophy

A direct successor to Searle's Speech Acts (C.U.P. 1969), Expression and Meaning refines earlier analyses and extends speech-act theory to new areas including indirect and figurative discourse, metaphor and fiction.

The Logical Basis of Metaphysics

Author: Michael A. E. Dummett
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674537866
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Philosophy

Michael Dummett's new book is the greatly expanded and recently revised version of his distinguished William James Lectures, delivered in 1976. Dummett regards the construction of a satisfactory theory of meaning as the most pressing task of contemporary analytical philosophy. He believes that the successful completion of this difficult assignment will lead to a resolution of problems before which philosophy has been stalled, in some instances for centuries. These problems turn on the correctness or incorrectness of a realistic view of one or another realm--the physical world, the mind, the past, mathematical reality, and so forth. Rejection of realism amounts to adoption of a variant semantics, and often of a variant logic, for the statements in a certain sector of our language. Dummett does not assume the correctness of any one logical system but shows how the choice between different logics arises at the level of the theory of meaning and depends upon the choice of one or another general form of meaning-theory. In order to determine the correct shape for a meaning-theory, we must attain a clear conception of what a meaning-theory can be expected to do. Such a conception, says Dummett, will form "a base camp for an assault on the metaphysical peaks: I have no greater ambition in this book than to set up a base camp."

Foundations of Illocutionary Logic

Author: John R. Searle
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 0521263247
Release Date: 1985-04-25
Genre: Philosophy

This is a formal and systematic study of the logical foundations of speech act theory. The study of speech acts has been a flourishing branch of the philosophy of language and linguistics over the last two decades, and John Searle has of course himself made some of the most notable contributions to that study in the sequence of books Speech Acts (1969), Expression and Meaning (1979) and Intentionality (1983). In collaboration with Daniel Vanderveken he now presents the first formalised logic of a general theory of speech acts, dealing with such things as the nature of an illocutionary force, the logical form of its components, and the conditions of success of elementary illocutionary acts. The central chapters present a systematic exposition of the axioms and general laws of illocutionary logic.

Symbolism

Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 082321138X
Release Date: 1985-01
Genre: Philosophy

Whitehead's response to the epistemological challenges of Hume and Kant in its most vivid and direct form.

Limited Inc

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810107885
Release Date: 1977
Genre: Philosophy

Limited Inc. is a major work in the philosophy of language by the celebrated French thinker Jacques Derrida. The book's two essays, 'Limited Inc.' and 'Signature Event Context, ' constitute key statements of the Derridean theory of deconstruction. They are perhaps the clearest exposition to be found of Derrida's most controversial idea.

Speech Acts

Author: John R. Searle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052109626X
Release Date: 1969-01-02
Genre: Philosophy

Written in an outstandingly clear and lively style, this 1969 book provokes its readers to rethink issues they may have regarded as long since settled.

How to Do Things with Pornography

Author: Nancy Bauer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674286498
Release Date: 2015-04-06
Genre: Philosophy

In Nancy Bauer’s view, most feminist philosophers are content to work within theoretical frameworks that are false to human beings’ everyday experiences. Here she models a new way to write about pornography, women’s self-objectification, hook-up culture, and other contemporary phenomena, and in doing so she raises basic questions about philosophy.

Words in Action

Author: Richard Briggs
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567083454
Release Date: 2004-07-01
Genre: Religion

How is the biblical text understood and how does it function in the life of the reader today? Richard Briggs first provides an illuminating introduction to the nature and claims of speech art theory. This seeks to extend our understanding of both spoken and written means of communication by seeing them not as merely representational or 'reality-depicting', but as acting or causing acts to be performed through the words themselves. Briggs goes on to discuss to what extent the application of speech act theory might be helpful in the interpretation of biblical texts. In one of the first book-length explorations of this topic, he examines in detail several biblical speech acts of particular theological significance, including the confession of sin, forgiveness and teaching. Through exploring the specific ways in which the reader is drawn into the performative action of the biblical text, and how speech act theory forces the reader to look beyond language into the world which gives the language its ability to function, speech act theory is shown to offer valuable insights within today's complex hermeneutical debate. 'A very significant volume . . . ' Alan Torrance, Professor of Divinity, University of Andrews 'An excellent piece of work . . . which is thoroughly acquainted with speech act theory and takes the debate forward in a variety of creative, exegetical and theological ways.' Dr Craig Bartholomew, University of Gloucestershire

Lying Misleading and What is Said

Author: Jennifer Mather Saul
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199603688
Release Date: 2012-10-25
Genre: Philosophy

Many people find it natural to think that deceiving someone in a way that avoids lying--by merely misleading--is morally preferable to simply lying. Others think that this preference is deeply misguided. But all sides agree that there is a distinction. Jennifer Saul undertakes a close examination of the lying/misleading distinction. She begins by using this very intuitive distinction to shed new light on entrenched debates in philosophy of language over notionslike what is said. Next, she tackles the puzzling but widespread moral preference for misleading over lying, and arrives at a new view regarding the moral significance of the distinction. Finally, Saul draws her conclusions together to examine a range of historically important and interesting cases.

The Essential Davidson

Author: Donald Davidson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199288854
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: Philosophy

This volume compiles the most celebrated papers of Donald Davidson, one of the 20th century's greatest philosophers. There are essays about our understanding of language, the mind, action, and knowledge, which are thematically organised.