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Quotation by John Austin
Certainly, then, ordinary language is not the last word: in
principle it can everywhere be supplemented and improved upon, and superseded. Only remember, it is the first word.
John Austin (1911–1960), British 20th century philosopher of language. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1956). "A Plea for Excuses," p. 185, Philosophical Papers (1961).
On the role of "ordinary language" philosophy.
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