Essays in Philosophy 8 (1):13 (2007)

José Medina
Vanderbilt University
This paper offers a new interpretation of Austin that overcomes the Austin- Derrida debate by dissolving the dichotomy between construction and deconstruction and focusing on the notion of performative reconstruction. The essay also contains a discussion of the normative distinction between felicity and infelicity and how it affects the identity of speakers and agents. This discussion draws on recent Gender and Queer Theory and builds a bridge between the literature on identity and Speech Act Theory. The central argument in this paper proposes a negotiating model of performativity and a robust notion of discursive responsibility that underscores the intimate and unavoidable links between the semantic and the socio-political
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/eip20078121
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Philosophical Papers.J. L. Austin - 1961 - Oxford University Press.
Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language.William P. Alston - 1970 - Philosophical Quarterly 20 (79):172-179.
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