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In the one defence, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don't accept full, or even any, responsibility. ---->>>

Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague. ---->>>

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing. ---->>>

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts. ---->>>

But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of - the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement. ---->>>

There are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely. ---->>>

Going back into the history of a word, very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly to pictures or models of how things happen or are done. ---->>>

Sentences are not as such either true or false. ---->>>


Nationality: English
Born: 03-28, 1911
Birthplace: Lancaster
Die: 02-08, 1960
Occupation: Philosopher

John Langshaw "J. L." Austin (26 March 1911 – 8 February 1960) was a British philosopher of language and leading proponent of ordinary language philosophy, perhaps best known for developing the theory of speech acts. Austin pointed out that we use language to do things as well as to assert things, and that the utterance of a statement like "I promise to do so-and-so" is best understood as doing something — making a promise — rather than making an assertion about anything (wikipedia)