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Kambartel, Friedrich. 1976. Symbolic acts: Remarks on the foundations of a pragmatic theory of language. In Ryle, Gilbert, ed. Contemporary aspects of philosophy. Oriel Press. pp. 70–85.
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Article in book
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Person as a subject


K. develops a theory of symbolic acts (defined as follows: an act has a symbolic use if its performance is by tacit or explicit agreement restricted to certain situations or connected with certain pragmatic consequences, i.e. the performance or forbearance of other acts, and thereby is to be understood not just as an actualization of this agreement) which he then applies to the discussion of some types of speech acts, as dealt with by Austin and Searle.