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Quotation by John Austin
Words are not (except in their own little corner) facts or things;we need therefore to prise them off the world, to hold them apart from and against it, so that we can realize their inadequacies and arbitrariness, and can re-look at the world without blinkers.
John Austin (1911–1960), British 20th century philosopher of language. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1956). "A Plea for Excuses," p. 182, Philosophical Papers (1961).
A plea for linguistic philosophy.
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