Quotation by J.L. Austin

Is it true or false that Belfast is north of London? That the galaxy is the shape of a fried egg? That Beethoven was a drunkard? That Wellington won the battle of Waterloo? There are various degrees and dimensions of success in making statements: the statements fit the facts always more or less loosely, in different ways on different occasions for different intents and purposes.
J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911–1960), British philosopher. "Truth," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, vol. xxiv (1950). Philosophical Papers, p. 130, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970).
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