Quotation by John Austin

In the history of human inquiry, philosophy has the place of the initial central sun, seminal and tumultuous; from time to time it throws of some portion of itself to take station as a science, a planet, cool and well regulated, progressing steadily towards a distant final state.... Is it not possible that the next century may see the birth, through the joint efforts of philosophers, grammarians, and numerous other students of language, of a true and comprehensive science of language? Then we shall have rid ourselves of one more part of philosophy (there will still be plenty left) in the only way we ever can get rid of philosophy, by kicking it upstairs.
John Austin (1911–1960), British 20th century philosopher of language. Proceedings of the British Academy (1956). "Ifs and Cans," p. 232, Philosophical Papers (1961).
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