[lit-ideas] Re: Can, logically, there be any such thing as a "performativ...

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 23:06:36 EDT

In a message dated 5/30/2009 5:22:30 P.M.  Eastern Daylight Time,
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
CB's words were/are  not a performative contradiction, at least not in the
exact same sense that "2"  may be one. "2" is one in a way similar to "This
statement contains only three  words" may be one. CB's injunction to "Stop
being so %"$"%"% rude" is,  logically, very different: for one, it is a moral
injunction rather than a  statement of fact; for another, sometimes an
emphasiser like  &%%"^&&" might be thought justified and not  rude.

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I submit to the facts:

---- begin quoted  post

STOP BEING SO FUCKING RUDE!!!
>
> Chris Bruce,
>  dispensing wth the polite insincerities, in
> Kiel, Germany

At the  risk of seeming a tad pedantic in these moments of irrational
passion -
is  there any other kind of passion? - may I suggest that cb's exhortation
(to
render the utterance euphemistically) may be a case of  performative
self-contradiction?

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J. L.  Speranza

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