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Who’s afraid of the perlocutionary?

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Abstract

J.L. Austin's insight that language should be treated as a domain of human action, rather than merely as a tool for the transmission of information, has been enormously influential. His analysis of speech acts continues to be widely utilised in a vast number of fields, from the philosophy of language to social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, gender and literary studies, as well as a variety of social sciences. Yet scholars have so far focused on performative utterances and illocutionary acts, while the perlocutionary dimension of speech has generally been dismissed as unessential. This special issue, drawing inspiration from Stanley Cavell's seminal work on passionate utterance, aims to shed new light on the philosophical, moral and political relevance of the perlocutionary.
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hal-03744443 , version 1 (02-08-2022)

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Sandra Laugier, Daniele Lorenzini. Who’s afraid of the perlocutionary?. Inquiry, 2021, pp.1-7. ⟨10.1080/0020174X.2021.1990792⟩. ⟨hal-03744443⟩
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