‘Legal Theory Lexicon: Speech Acts’

“Speech act theory will forever be associated with the great JL Austin, the Oxford philosopher whose work in the 1950s had an enormous influence on analytic and Anglophone philosophy. One of Austin’s core insights is reflected in the title of his William James lectures, delivered at Harvard in 1955, How to Do Things with Words. When we use language, we don’t just communicate information or say things about how the world is; when we use language, we do things …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 4 July]

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