J. L. Austin on Language
When my spouse once asked me ‘Where’s the milk?’ I thought that my answer ‘In the refrigerator’ was fine. Turns out, I was less helpful than I thought I was. The intended effect of my utterance turned out to be different from what it actually brought about. This feature of utterances is especially salient in discussions of perlocutionary acts, which are utterances that cause an effect in others (Austin 1975: 101). On the one hand, an utterance is produced by the speaker and so facts about the speaker’s mental life should play an important role in understanding what perlocutions are. On the other, perlocutions are what they are because they bring things about in the world, whether the speaker likes it or not.
social world, implementation intention, receive model, ecological psychology, Duchenne Smile
Lassiter, Charles, "When Words Do Things: Perlocutions and Affordances for Social Action" (2014). Philosophy Faculty Scholarship. 19.