Notes by J.L. Austin

Scope and Content

Notes by J.L. Austin for his course of lectures entitled 'Words and deeds', given at Oxford, 1951-4, and at Harvard, 1955, used as the basis of How to do things with words, ed. J.O. Urmson (Oxford, 1962).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Langshaw Austin (1911-1960) was a philosopher. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The notes were given to the Library by Mrs Jean Austin, through J.O. Urmson, in 1962.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43895-6.