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Interpreting J.L. Austin: Critical Essays

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2018.07.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Savas L. Tsohatzidis (ed.), Interpreting J.L. Austin: Critical Essays, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 238 pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781316421840. Reviewed by María de Ponte, University of Seville J.L. Austin was one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century, and his influence in subsequent philosophy was, and continues to be, decisive. In many ways, however, the received picture of his philosophy is somewhat simplistic and oftentimes misleading. This simplification comes, I believe, in two forms. On the one hand, Austin's views are sometimes presented as historically relevant, but philosophically obsolete. Take speech act theory, for example. No one would deny the importance of Austin's insights and his decisive role as founder of the theory. Many, however, seem to consider that the subsequent developments in the theory have surpassed Austin's initial considerations, making them historically,. . .

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