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Linguistics - General - Austin, John L. - How to Do Things With Words (1955)

Linguistics - General - Austin, John L. - How to Do Things With Words (1955)

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J.
L.
AUSTIN
HOW TO
DO
THINGSWITH WORDS
The William James Lecturesdelivered at Harvard University
OXFORDAT THE CLARENDON PRESS
1962
 
Oxford University Press, Amen House, London,
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University Press
1962
PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN
 
EDITOR'S PREFACE
T
E lectures here printed were delivered by Austinas the William James Lectures at Harvard Univer-
sity
in
1955.
In a short note, Austin says of theviews which underlie these lectures that they 'wereformed in
1939.
I
made use of them in an article on"Other Minds" published in the Proceedings
ofthe
Aristo-telian Society, Supplementary Volume
XX
(Ig46),
pages
173
K,
and
I
surfaced rather more of this iceberg shortlyafterwards to several societies.
.
'
In each of the years
1952-4
Austin delivered lectures at Oxford under thetitle 'Words and Deeds', each year from a partially re-written set of notes, each of which covers approximatelythe same ground as the William James Lectures. Forthe William James Lectures a new set of notes was againprepared, though sheets of older notes were incorporatedhere and there; these remain the most recent notes byAustin on the topics covered, though he continued tolecture on 'Words and Deeds' at Oxford from these notes,and while doing so made minor corrections and a numberof marginal additions.The content of these lectures is here reproduced inprint
as
exactly
as
possible and with the lightest editing.If Austin had published them himself he would certainlyhave recast them in a form more appropriate to print; hewould surely have reduced the recapitulations of previous

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