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ISBN-13: 978-0521096263 ISBN-10: 052109626X Edition: n Reprint

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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

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"Written in an outstandingly clear and lively style, it provokes its readers to rethink issues they may have regarded as long since settled." TLS
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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; n Reprint edition (January 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052109626X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521096263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 21, 2015
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John Rogers Searle (born 1932) is an American philosopher at UC Berkeley. He has written many other books, such as The Rediscovery of the Mind, The Mystery of Consciousness, Intentionality, Expression and Meaning, Mind: A Brief Introduction, Mind, Language And Society, The Construction of Social Reality, etc.

He explains in the first chapter of this 1969 book, “[we must] distinguish between the philosophy of language and linguistic philosophy. Linguistic philosophy is the attempt to solve particular philosophical problems by attending to the ordinary use of particular words or other elements in a particular language. The philosophy of language is the attempt to give philosophically illuminating descriptions of certain general features of language, such as reference, truth, meaning, and necessity… this book is an essay in the philosophy of language, not in linguistic philosophy.” (Pg.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jkook on September 26, 2014
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Hard for me to follow....... but the genesis of very important works on the nuance and power of language
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By geoff the mouse on February 6, 2015
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but, seriously, duh!
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gina Mireault on February 6, 2015
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I mean, duh.
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