In Three Ways of Spilling Ink J.L. Austin, whose birth centenary is celebrated this year, puts forward a number of highly interesting views on a topic which has always been considered crucial in the philosophy of mind and action, namely, intention. Apart from evidencing affinities between Austin’s claims and those made by other philosophers, in particular G.E.M. Anscombe and Donald Davidson, the present paper shows how a discussion of Austin’s memorable examples can also throw light on some of our most genuinely moral predicaments and concerns.
Keywords: Actions, Beliefs, Desires, Knowing, Needs, Responsibilities