J. L. Austin Quotes

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J. L. Austin Quotes

Why should it not be the whole function of a word to denote many things?
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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.

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Sentences are not as such either true or false.

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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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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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We become obsessed with 'truth' when discussing statements, just as we become obsessed with 'freedom' when discussing conduct ... Like freedom, truth is a bare minimum or an illusory ideal.

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A sentence is made up of words, a statement is made in words ... Statements are made, words or sentences are used.

— J. L. Austin

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