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'Real’

P H IL O S O PH E R S have often sought criteria for a general distinction between appearance and reality. In chapter VII of Sense and Sensibilia, J. L. Austin claims to show that this enterprise is radically misconceived; and, characteristically, he bases his argument on the niceties of the use of ‘real’ in English. I shall try to show that Austin’s account of how ‘real’ is used is unclear and inaccurate; and that the uses of ‘real’ which Austin explores are irrelevant to the traditional enquiry into the distinction between appearance and reality.