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Philosophical Papers (Clarendon Paperbacks) [Paperback]

J. L. Austin , J. O. Urmson , G. J. Warnock
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January 25, 1990 019283021X 978-0192830210 3
The late J.L. Austin's influence on contemporary philosophy was substantial during his lifetime, and has grown greatly since his death in 1960. This third edition of Philosophical Papers, the first edition of which was published in 1961, includes all of Austin's published papers (except "Performatif-Constatif") as well as a new essay entitled "The Line and the Cave in Plato's Republic", which has been reconstructed from Austin's notes.

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J. L. Austin is at University of Oxford.

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  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (January 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019283021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192830210
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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After Wittgenstein's _Philosophical Investigations_ itself, no work more clearly demonstrates the power of using language analysis to begin to clarify traditional questions of philosophy.

Although Austin was not the originator of these techniques, he towered over everyone else in the field, setting new standards of subtelty and venturing into entirely new areas of inquiry. His papers, the most important of which are collected in this volume, are brilliant, witty and powerfully intellectual. For the general reader, they will show a new way of thinking about questions of philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DETERMINISM, EUDAIMONIA AND URSANEIVLS September 14, 2006
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John Austin, Professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, died in 1960 before reaching age 50. He was possibly one of the most influential abstract thinkers who ever thought an abstraction, but we have to gain our own knowledge of this brilliant mind from collections of his lectures and his articles in philosophical journals. The Philosophical Papers is a miscellaneous assemblage of his writings on a number of topics, and it has grown by several items since I last and first read it 45 years ago. The articles are of differing degrees of complexity, but Austin is never obscure and he has a delightful turn of phrase. Two pieces here partly address a couple of my own favourite conundrums - free will vs determinism is touched on in Ifs and Cans, and the first piece deals with a number of the questions that bother me in Aristotle's supposed identification of `happiness' as being the `end' or main objective of life. I would also have loved to set an exam question inviting candidates to discuss the proposition on p34 `myths are invented about our "contemplation" of ursaneivls' for the sake of seeing someone set about it; but alas this unfamiliar term is only a printer's pie for `universals'.

Whether or not Austin pronounced any doctrines, he certainly established a method. The great philosophers have in general tried to create or identify some over-arching theoretical scheme for organising human thought, and in general they finish up like mechanics with several parts left over after supposedly completing their work on the car - it never seems to fit exactly. You can read Austin's own basic manifesto here in A Plea for Excuses, the most relaxed and informal item in this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Austin's 'Philosophical Papers' June 7, 2011
This is a simple and straightforward presentation of several papers by J.L. Austin. The anthology covers the full range of his career, including a few essays on topics in ancient philosophy. The editors add very little to the work, which offers a 'clean' look at the work, but it wouldn't hurt to offer some sort of introduction.
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