Part 3. Speaking Intentionally

Framing Derrida’s controversial stance

J.L. Austin (Image from hilobrow.com)

In order to place Derrida’s controversial stance within any intelligible framework, we need to go back to the origin of the debate: J.L. Austin’s 1955 William James lectures at Harvard, published in book form as How to Do Things with Words.

Austin originally developed speech-act-theory in reaction to certain assumptions…

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