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Austin\'s Way with Skepticism

Format: Academic Monograph
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198824855
Publisher: OUP Oxford

A towering figure in twentieth century philosophy, J. L Austin is famous for behaving as if what we say while doing epistemology needs to accord faithfully with what we would say in ordinary circumstances. Not long after Austin's death in 1960, a durable consensus formed that Austin's 'ordinary language' approach to epistemological problems was fundamentally misguided. Contrary to this opinion that such language resulted from a failure properly to understand the nature of the epistemologist's project, Mark Kaplan argues that Austin has been misread by his critics as his way of pursuing epistemology was born neither of a misunderstanding of, nor a hostility towards, the project of constructive epistemology. He presents the case, in Austin's Way with Skepticism: An Essay on Philosophical Method, that Austin's methods were a powerful critique of how that project was conceived, as well as an appreciation of how epistemology needs to be done.

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