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A dogma of speech act theory
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
2020 (English)In: Inquiry, ISSN 0020-174X, E-ISSN 1502-3923Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article I argue that the distinction between illocutionary and perlocutionary acts needs examination, not just in its details but in its philosophical standing. We need to consider whether the distinction is motivated by (sometimes unwittingly) assumed problematic philosophical assumptions concerning the nature of our dependence on the words of others and the rationality of speech reception. Working with an example of the act of telling, I argue against the idea that the distinction is self-evident or easy to draw. By developing an analogy with perception, I argue further that defending the distinction requires one to engage in an argumentative dialectic with powerful alternative positions. I end by suggesting that taking the challenge further would require us to look more closely at how passivity and rationality might be reconciled in the reception of speech.

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Routledge, 2020.
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Telling, illocution, perlocution, rationality
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40358DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2020.1724563ISI: 000519319300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081301147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40358DiVA, id: diva2:1413502
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Academy of FinlandAvailable from: 2020-03-10 Created: 2020-03-10 Last updated: 2020-03-26Bibliographically approved

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