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Interpreting J. L. Austin
Critical Essays


Savas L. Tsohatzidis, Marga Reimer, Friederike Moltmann, Robert Fiengo, Maximilian de Gaynesford, Sandra Laugier, Robert Schwartz, Krista Lawlor, Guy Longworth, Stephen Hetherington
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107125902

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  • In this volume, Savas L. Tsohatzidis brings together a team of leading experts to provide up-to-date perspectives on the work of J. L. Austin, a major figure in twentieth-century philosophy and an important contributor to theories of language, truth, perception, and knowledge. Focusing on aspects of Austin's writings in these four areas, the volume's ten original essays critically examine central elements of his philosophy, exploring their interrelationships, their historical context, their reception, and their implications for key issues of contemporary philosophical research. The volume deepens our understanding of Austin's philosophy while illustrating its continuing significance, and will appeal to students and scholars of modern philosophy, particularly those interested in the philosophy of language and epistemology.

    • Approaches Austin's ideas from fresh perspectives, exploring his thinking on language, truth, perception, and knowledge
    • Provides detailed examination of the connections between Austin's key theses, enhancing our understanding of his philosophy
    • Situates his work in its historical context, investigating Austin's critical reception and his relevance to modern philosophical debates
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107125902
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Savas L. Tsohatzidis
    1. Exploring Austin's galaxy: searching for truth through the lens of ordinary language Marga Reimer
    2. Levels of linguistic acts and the semantics of saying and quoting Friederike Moltmann
    3. On the representation of form and function: imperative sentences Robert Fiengo
    4. Uptake in action Maximilian de Gaynesford
    5. Performativity and the 'true/false fetish' Savas L. Tsohatzidis
    6. The vulnerability of reality: Austin, normativity, and excuses Sandra Laugier
    7. Berkeley and Austin on the argument from illusion Robert Schwartz
    8. Austin on perception, knowledge and meaning Krista Lawlor
    9. Enough is enough: Austin on knowing Guy Longworth
    10. Knowledge and knowledge-claims: Austin and beyond Stephen Hetherington

  • Editor

    Savas L. Tsohatzidis, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
    Savas L. Tsohatzidis is Professor of General Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. His previous publications include John Searle's Philosophy of Language: Force, Meaning, and Mind (Cambridge, 2007) and Intentional Acts and Institutional Facts: Essays on John Searle's Social Ontology (2007).


    Savas L. Tsohatzidis, Marga Reimer, Friederike Moltmann, Robert Fiengo, Maximilian de Gaynesford, Sandra Laugier, Robert Schwartz, Krista Lawlor, Guy Longworth, Stephen Hetherington

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