How to Do Things with Words: The William James Lectures Delivered in Harvard University in 1955

Oxford, England: Oxford University Press UK (1962)
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First published in 1962, contains the William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955. It sets out Austin's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts for at least the last ten years of his life. Starting from an exhaustive examination of his already well- known distinction of performative utterances from statements, Austin here finally abandons that distinction, replacing it by a more general theory of 'illocutionary forces' of utterances which has important bearings on a wide variety of philosophical problems.

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