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Austin's Way with Skepticism: An Essay on Philosophical Method

Mark Kaplan


J. L. Austin is famous for the extent to which he wrote as if it is a condition, on the adequacy of what we say while doing epistemology, that it accord faithfully with what we would say in ordinary circumstances. Most would use the term “infamous”. Not long after Austin’s death, there formed a durable consensus: Austin’s commitment to pursuing an epistemology that is faithful to “ordinary language” was fundamentally misguided—born of a failure properly to understand the nature of the epistemologist’s project. This book argues, however, that the consensus is mistaken—that both the condition of ... More

Keywords: J. L. Austin, knowledge, ordinary language philosophy, the principle of total evidence, skepticism, Barry Stroud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Kaplan, author
Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University