(Per)happiness, Performative Language and the Figure of the Automaton: reading the deconstructive wedge of Felicific Calculus

Shapiro, Carolyn (2014) (Per)happiness, Performative Language and the Figure of the Automaton: reading the deconstructive wedge of Felicific Calculus. In: Well-Being Reconsidered: the International Society for Utilitaran Studies, 19-22 August 2014, Yokohama University.

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Abstract / Summary

Through the index of "happiness," this paper situates Jeremy Bentham's philosophy of language as one of the most significant, and underacknowledged, precursors to deconstructive theories on language today. Through careful tracing, we can see a progression from Bentham's Utilitarian theories on language, into legal positivism, and into and the Oxford school of philosophy of language. I am particularly interested in reading the speech-act theory of J.L. Austin in relation to Bentham's felicific calculus and his Theories of Fiction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: History
Language
Philosophy & Psychology
History > UK
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Art
Depositing User: Carolyn Shapiro
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 09:26
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 09:22
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2290

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