Quotation by J.L. Austin

The beginning of sense, not to say wisdom, is to realize that 'doing an action,' as used in philosophy, is a highly abstract expression—it is a stand-in used in the place of any (or almost any?) verb with a personal subject, in the same sort of way that 'thing' is a stand-in for any ... noun substantive, and 'quality' a stand-in for the adjective.
J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911–1960), British philosopher. "Truth," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1956). Philosophical Papers, p. 178, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970).
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