dimecres, 29 de setembre de 2010

Descriptive fallacy

To suppose that 'I know' in a descriptive phrase is only one example of the descriptive fallacy, so common in philosophy. Even if some language is now purely descriptive, language was not in origin so, and much of it is still not so. Utterance of obvious ritual phrases, in the appropriate circumstances, is not describing the action we are doing, but doing it.

J. L. Austin, Logic and Language.

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