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The Philosophy of J. L. Austin

Martin Gustafsson and Richard Sørli


This is the first collection of essays on J. L. Austin’s philosophy published by a major Anglophone press in nearly forty years. Rejecting the standard picture of him as an effectively obsolete “doyen of ordinary language philosophy”, the contributors show how Austin’s work can be brought to bear on issues that are on the top of today’s philosophical agenda, such as scepticism and contextualism, the epistemology of testimony, the generality of the conceptual, the viability of the semantics/pragmatics distinction, and issues in philosophical methodology. The connections made between Austin’s ph ... More

Keywords: J. L. Austin, ordinary language philosophy, scepticism, contextualism, testimony, generality, semantics, pragmatics, methodology

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Gustafsson, editor
Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Richard Sørli, editor
University of Bergen, Norway

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