Non-Objectifying Acts

  • Jocelyn Benoist
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 164)


As Frege remarked before Austin, and Aristotle before Frege: language is not made of descriptive sentences only. A task traditionally assigned to logicians is to explain how to distinguish those sentences from others.


Logical Investigation Propositional Content Extreme Tension Descriptive Sentence Assertive Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jocelyn Benoist
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  1. 1.University of Paris-I Panthéon-SorbonneFrance

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