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CCR Symposium: Rhetorically Speaking

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I haven’t seen anything in these posts, or in Danielle’s paper either, about the notion of performative utterances. This was a hot philosophical topic in the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to J.L. Austin’s How to Do Things With Words (1962) and John Searle’s Speech Acts (1969)(Searle uses the phrase “illocutionary acts”). The gist is that sometimes words can be actions, e.g., “I now pronounce you man and wife,” if I may use a retro example. I wonder if this kind of approach might be helpful for analyzing the balance of free speech issues on both sides, by showing how not all speech is necessarily simply speech.