This book is the one to put into the hands of those who have been over-impressed by Austin 's critics....[Warnock's] brilliant editing puts everybody who is concerned with philosophical problems in his debt.
The influence of J. L. Austin on contemporary philosophy was substantial during his lifetime, and has grown greatly since his death, at the height of his powers, in 1960. Philosophical Papers, first published in 1961, was the first of three volumes of Austin's work to be edited by J. O. Urmson and G. J. Warnock. Together with Sense and Sensibilia and How to do things with Words, it has extended Austin's influence far beyond the circle who knew him or read (...) the handful of papers he published in journals. (shrink)
The subject of this paper, Excuses, is one not to be treated, but only to be introduced, within such limits. It is, or might be, the name of a whole branch, even a ramiculated branch, of philosophy, or at least of one fashion of philosophy. I shall try, therefore, first to state what the subject is, why it is worth studying, and how it may be studied, all this at a regrettably lofty level: and then I shall illustrate, in more (...) congenial but desultory detail, some of the methods to be used, together with their limitations, and some of the unexpected results to be expected and lessons to be learned. Much, of course, of the amusement, and of the instruction, comes in drawing the coverts of the microglot, in hounding down the minutiae, and to this I can do no more here than incite you. But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of -- the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement. (shrink)
The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (1832) is a classic of nineteenth-century English jurisprudence, a subject on which Austin had a profound impact. His book is primarily concerned with a meticulous explanation of most of the core concepts of his legal philosophy, including his conception of law, his separation of law and morality, and his theory of sovereignty. Almost a quarter of it consists of an interpretation and defence of the principle of utility. This edition includes the complete and unabridged text (...) of the fifth (1885) and last edition. The comprehensive introduction discusses Austin's life, the main themes of his book, leading criticisms of his ideas, and recent interpretations of his legal philosophy. The edition also includes an up-to-date bibliography and biographical synopses of the principal figures mentioned in the text. (shrink)
Sobre la utilidad del estudio de la jurisprudencia de John Austin, es la obra que esclarece la esencia del derecho y de la legislación, el propio objeto de la jurisprudencia que conforma en su plataforma el beneficio del conocimiento de una ciencia cuya finalidad es desentrañar los mecanismos y principios de las reglamentaciones y estatutos que rigen el comportamiento humano en las sociedades establecidas. El autor indaga y profundiza en la necesidad de estudiar la naturaleza del derecho y en distinguir (...) las diversas clases de leyes que lo conforman y se aplican en el campo jurídico. Propone la utilidad que tiene el estudio de la jurisprudencia en el acontecer reglamentario, la importancia de definir los comienzos que constituyen el propio objeto de las leyes, no con el fin de determinar su valor, criterio o medida, cuyo trabajo es del legislador; sino de exponer los principios y distinciones comunes a los sistemas del derecho. John Austin plantea las ventajas que se obtienen al analizar el sistema del derecho mediante el descubrimiento y la definición de los componentes que integran las normas que lo fundamentan, arrojando luz sobre la oscuridad verbal que puede confundir el derecho y la moral. (shrink)