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Title: What has J. L. Austin to do with confucius?
Authors: Loy, H.-C. 
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Loy, H.-C. (2002). What has J. L. Austin to do with confucius?. International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (2) : 193-208. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the first chapter of Confucius: The Secular as Sacred, Herbert Fingarette argues that in the Analects Confucius holds the essence of human virtue to be a kind of magic power and this magic can be explained in terms of J. L. Austin's analysis of the "performative utterance." This paper attempts to explicate what Fingarette's claims concerning magic and the "performative" amount to. I will argue that even though there is something to the underlying spirit of Fingarette's project, he either misused or simply misunderstood Austin and, because of this misuse or misunderstanding, he has possibly misunderstood Confucius as well.
Source Title: International Philosophical Quarterly
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130005
ISSN: 00190365
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