Quotation by J.L. Austin

'What is truth?' said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Pilate was in advance of his time. For 'truth' itself is an abstract noun, a camel, that is, of a logical construction, which cannot get past the eye even of a grammarian. We approach it cap and categories in hand: we ask ourselves whether Truth is a substance ... or a quality ... or a relation.... But philosophers should take something more nearly their own size to strain at. What needs discussing rather is the use, or certain uses, of the word 'true.' In vino, possibly, 'veritas,' but in a sober symposium 'verum.'
J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911–1960), British philosopher. "Truth," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1950). Philosophical Papers, p. 117, Oxford University Press, second edition (1961).
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