Quotes by: J. L. Austin

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J. L. Austin
Born 26 March 1911
Lancaster
Died 8 February 1960(1960-02-08) (aged 48)
Oxford
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Ordinary language philosophy/linguistic philosophy, Analytic
Main interests
Philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of perception
Notable ideas
Speech acts, performative utterance

Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague.
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.
J. L. Austin
Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing.
J. L. Austin
In the one defence, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don't accept full, or even any, responsibility.
J. L. Austin
Going back into the history of a word, very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly to pictures or models of how things happen or are done.
J. L. Austin
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.
J. L. Austin
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