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Austin on Truth
Austin on Truth

Author(s): Aneta Karageorgieva
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: truth; semantics; correspondence; ordinary language analysis

Summary/Abstract: J. L. Austin’s article ‘Truth’ is a remarkable example of his method of ordinary language analysis by which he investigates the notoriously recalcitrant philosophical concept of truth. This paper attempts to specify the character of Austin’s truth conception, defending the view that despite his opinion of it being a semantic one, it is actually of a mixed nature. Correspondence is what determines the truth or falsity of a statement, but semantics delineates the segment of the world to which our statements correspond. An explication of the notions of demonstrative and descriptive conventions is given in order to add flash to the outline given by Austin.

  • Issue Year: II/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 159-164
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English