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On ‘Whites Only’ Signs and Racist Hate Speech: Verbal Acts of Racial Discrimination 1

Mary Kate McGowan

in Speech and Harm: Controversies Over Free Speech

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199236282
eISBN:
9780191741357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236282.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In this chapter, it is argued that some instances of racist hate speech are speech acts that constitute illegal acts of racial discrimination. By identifying a previously overlooked mechanism by ... More


Pornography's Authority? Response to Leslie Green

Rae Langton

in Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199247066
eISBN:
9780191594823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

Green's critique raises questions about social construction, and about the ‘jurisdiction’ of pornography's authority. Drawing on a comparison with speech that may subordinate gay men, he argues that ... More


Pornography's Divine Command? Response to Judith Butler

Rae Langton

in Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199247066
eISBN:
9780191594823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247066.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

According to Butler, the claim that pornography subordinates women rests on an implausible assumption about pornography's mysterious, quasi-divine authority. The claim that pornography silences women ... More


Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Mary Kate McGowan

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829706
eISBN:
9780191868207
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829706.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

We all know that speech is harmful but we need to be as clear as possible about what the harms are and how the speech in question brings about those harms. Clarity on these two points is important ... More


Preliminaries

Mary Kate McGowan

in Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829706
eISBN:
9780191868207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829706.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter presents the material in the philosophy of language that is required to follow the arguments in the book. A general introduction to an intentionalist neo-Gricean framework for ... More


Conversational Exercitives

Mary Kate McGowan

in Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829706
eISBN:
9780191868207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829706.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that conversational contributions routinely enact norms for the conversation to which they contribute. When an utterance adds to a conversation, it enacts changes to the ... More


On Differences Between Standard and Conversational Exercitives

Mary Kate McGowan

in Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829706
eISBN:
9780191868207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829706.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter explores differences between conversational exercitives and standard exercitives. Although both enact norms, standard exercitives do so via an exercise of speaker authority. Moreover, ... More


The General Phenomenon: Covert Exercitives

Mary Kate McGowan

in Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829706
eISBN:
9780191868207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829706.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that the phenomenon of conversational exercitives generalizes. It is not just verbal contributions to conversations that enact norms; verbal contributions to other norm-governed ... More


On Covert Exercitives: Speech and the Social World

Mary Kate McGowan

in New Work on Speech Acts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198738831
eISBN:
9780191802058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198738831.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

It is familiar from speech act theory how saying so can make it so. When the C.E.O. declares that no more overtime will be approved, for example, the C.E.O. thereby enacts a new company policy; her ... More


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