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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.