John Langshaw Austin


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  • ''The theory of truth is a series of truisms.''
    J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911-1960), British philosopher. "Truth," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, vol. xxiv (1950). Philosophical Papers, p. 121, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970).
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  • ''I begin, then, with some remarks about 'the meaning of a word.' I think many persons now see all or part of what I shall say: but not all do, and there is a tendency to forget, or to get it slightly wrong. In so far as I am merely flogging the converted, I apologize to them.''
    J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911-1960), British philosopher. Philosophical Papers, "The Meaning of a Word," p. 56, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970).
  • ''For this reason I think it might be better to use, for this way of doing philosophy, some less misleading name than those given above—for instance, 'linguistic phenomenology,' only that is rather a mouthful.''
    J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911-1960), British philosopher. "A Plea for Excuses," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1956). Philosophical Papers, p. 182, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970).

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