How to do things with pornography boldly enlists j l austins how to do things with words showing that it should be read not as a theory of speech acts but as a revolutionary conception of what philosophers can do in the world with their words. Nancy bauer how to do things with pornography harvard university press 2015 211pp 3500 hbk isbn 9780674055209 reviewed by nellie wieland california state university long beach you might assume that this book is an entry into the philosophical debates about pornography speech and . In other words just read the essay how to do things with pornography flag like see review laura rated it it was amazing jan 14 2016 peter orlando rated it it was amazing mar 21 2016 otto rated it liked it nov 01 2017 monica rated it it was amazing may 17 2016 . For philosophers the play on j l austins how to do things with words in the title of nancy bauers book will be immediately obvious other readers might be surprised frustrated even that the things one might do with pornography are largely absent from this account. 9 john l austin how to do things with words oxford oxford university press 1975 8 in order to challenge the liberal conception of speech some feminists have tried to point out the implications of john austins theory of speech acts the idea that language not only says or describes but also performs acts
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