J. L. Austin Quotes

J. L. Austin Quotes: A sentence is made up of words, a statement is made in words.... Statements are made, words or sentences are used.
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J. L. Austin Quote: Let us distinguish between acting intentionally and acting deliberately or on purpose, as far as this can be done by attending to what language can teach us.
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Quotes about J. L. Austin: It should be quite clear, then, that there are no criteria to be laid down in general for distinguishing the real from the not real.
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Quote about J. L. Austin: Faced with the nonsense question 'What is the meaning of a word?' and perhaps dimly recognizing it to be nonsense, we are nevertheless not inclined to give it up.
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J. L. Austin Sayings: The trouble is that the expression 'material thing' is functioning already, from the very beginning, simply as a foil for 'sense-datum'; it is not here given, and is never given, any other role to play, and apart from this consideration it would surely never have occurred to anybody to try to represent as some single kind of things the things which the ordinary man says that he 'perceives.
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J. L. Austin Saying: Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing. It embodies, indeed, something better thanthe metaphysics of the Stone Age, namely, as was said, the inherited experience and acumen of many generations of men.
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Sayings about J. L. Austin: Are cans constitutionally iffy? Whenever, that is, we say that we can do something, or could do something, or could have done something, is there an if in the offing--suppressed, it may be, but due nevertheless to appear when we set out our sentence in full or when we give an explanation of its meaning?
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Saying about J. L. Austin: Next, 'real' is what we may call a trouser-word. It is usually thought, and I dare say usually rightly thought, that what one might call the affirmative use of a term is basic--that, to understand 'x,' we need to know what it is to be x, or to be an x, and that knowing this apprises us of what it is not to be x, not to be an x. But with 'real' (as we briefly noted earlier) it is the negative use that wears the trousers.
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J. L. Austin Quotes: Ordinary language embodies the metaphysics of the Stone Age.
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J. L. Austin Quote: But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of - the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement.
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Quotes about J. L. Austin: Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts.
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Quote about J. L. Austin: The beginning of sense, not to say wisdom, is to realize that 'doing an action,' as used in philosophy, is a highly abstract expression--it is a stand-in used in the place of any (or almost any?) verb with a personal subject, in the same sort of way that 'thing' is a stand-in for anynoun substantive, and 'quality' a stand-in for the adjective.
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J. L. Austin Sayings: However well equipped our language, it can never be forearmed against all possible cases that may arise and call for description: fact is richer than diction.
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