Publication details [#6667]

McGuire, R.R. 1977. Speech acts, communicative competence and the paradox of authority. Philosophy and Rhetoric 10 (1) : 30–45.
Publication type
Article in journal
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Person as a subject


M. suggests that expanding the theory of speech acts by means of Habermas' theory of communicative competence makes it possible to meet the paradox of authority (i.e. the paradox between man's obligation to be responsible for his own acts and to subject to the authority of the state).