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Speech Acts : An Essay in the Philosophy of Language - John R. Searle

Speech Acts

An Essay in the Philosophy of Language

Paperback Published: 3rd March 1969
ISBN: 9780521096263
Number Of Pages: 214

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Written in an outstandingly clear and lively style, this 1969 book provokes its readers to rethink issues they may have regarded as long since settled.

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'This small but tightly packed volume is easily the most substantial discussion of speech acts since John Austin's How to do things with words and one of the most important contributions to the philosophy of language in recent decades.' The Philosophical Quarterly 'This book has immediately, and justly, been accorded the status of a major contribution to the philosophy of language. The brilliant but programmatic insights of Austin's How to do things with words are systematically developed and integrated with the more recent work of philosophers such as Grice, Rawls and Searle himself to produce an apparently comprehensive and certainly illuminating general theory, summarized in what Searle terms the 'main hypothesis' of the book, 'speaking a language is engaging in a rule-governed form of behaviour.' Mind 'The main merit of Searle's book - and it is a very substantial merit indeed - is that by attempting to construct a systematic theory of speech acts it substantially advances out knowledge of the problems that have to be solved in this fascinating field. Even if Searle himself has not yet found a wholly satisfactory way through the jungle, he has certainly established a number of clearings which will greatly facilitate subsequent explorations.' Philosophical Review 'Written in an outstanding clear and lively style, it provokes its readers to rethink issues they may have regarded as long since settled.' The Times Literary Supplement

A Theory of Speech Acts
Methods and scope
Expressions, meaning and speech acts
The structure of illocutionary acts
Reference as a speech act
Predication
Some Applications of the Theory
Three fallacies in contemporary philosophy
Problems of reference
Deriving 'ought' from 'is'
Index
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ISBN: 9780521096263
ISBN-10: 052109626X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 3rd March 1969
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.07  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3

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