Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

 

On Searle on Austin on Truth

Issue: Issue 5 • Author/s: Odai Al Zoubi
Topics: Philosophy of language

John Searle gives two different interpretations to Austin’s view on truth: ‘the propositional interpretation’ and ‘the stating interpretation’. The former identifies what is true or false with the locutionary meaning, and the latter with the illocutionary act of stating. In this article, I argue that both interpretations are inaccurate, and I introduce a fresh interpretation that identifies what is true or false with the whole speech act.