J. L. Austin

English philosopher

John Langshaw "J. L." Austin (26 March 1911 – 8 February 1960) was a British philosopher of language. He was born in Lancaster, Lancashire. He supported ordinary language philosophy. He developed the theory of speech acts.[1] He worked at Oxford University.

He was awarded Order of the British Empire for his services during World War II.[2]

Austin died of lung cancer in Oxford on 8 February 1960 at the age of 48.


  1. Warnock, G. J. "John Langshaw Austin, a biographical sketch". Symposium on J. L. Austin, ed. K.T. Fann. New York: Humanities Press, 1969. p. 3.
  2. "John Langshaw Austin". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 26 July 2014.