yes, the best cases are Moore-paradoxes you may want to see the work by L. Horn on the matter cheerioOn Sat, 30 May 2009, Donal McEvoy wrote:
Of course, it may depend how far or little we stretch the idea of a "performative" and a "contradiction". But taking as a central case of a performative utterance those statements that lawyers admit as 'original evidence' e.g. "I do" in marriage, "I accept" in contract. Such out-of-court statements are not hearsay of accepting the marriage or other contract but are constitutive of that acceptance - hence they are "performative" utterances. In this sense of "performative", how could such an utterance ever be a "contradiction" (or at odds with itself), where this would seem to imply that it at once constituted and did not constitute the relevant act of acceptance? The utterance "I do because father-in-law-to-be has a shotgun at my back" , or "I accept because otherwise Luca Brasi will ensure it is my brains on the contract", do not constitute genuine acceptance and so do not, in any strict sense, amount to a performative contradiction - rather they are imperfect or counterfeit or surrogate, or whatever, performatives. They fall short of being genuine performatives and so cannot amount to a "performative contradiction". Donal Too much time on my (F.A.Cup watching, if you must) hands Aware W.O. was perhaps being humourously playful in his previous use of "performative contradiction" and/or deploying a widened concept of "performative" and "contradiction"; and hoping he took only an acceptable level of offence at my previous animadversions Final whistle - o, god.. Next on this weary day - Britain's Got Talent ------------------------------------------------------------------ To change your Lit-Ideas settings (subscribe/unsub, vacation on/off, digest on/off), visit www.andreas.com/faq-lit-ideas.html
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