Austin on truth
A U ST IN , it seems to me, was basically right about truth even if, as he himself said, his theory is somewhat truistic. But though the theory is truistic it is not, I think, really clear: indeed, something must explain the enormous controversy which developed round his original paper if the theory is both right and truistic. In addi tion, he did very little about the fact that his thesis offered an ac count of truth for only one very limited sort of statement. In what follows, therefore, I shall first outline the conflict which developed round Austin’s original paper; I shall then offer an explication of his thesis modified so as to be clearer and avoid some criticisms; and finally I shall briefly discuss the relationship between the truth conditions for statements for which Austin’s account was designed and other types of statement.