Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Author:   Mary Kate Mcgowan
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
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9780198829706


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm


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We all know that speech can be harmful. But what are the harms and how exactly does the speech in question brings those harms about? Mary Kate McGowan identifies a previously overlooked mechanism by which speech constitutes, rather than merely causes, harm. She argues that speech constitutes harm when it enacts a norm that prescribes that harm. McGowan illustrates this theory by considering many categories of speech including sexist remarks, racist hate speech, pornography, verbal triggers for stereotype threat, micro-aggressions, political dog whistles, slam poetry, and even the hanging of posters. Just Words explores a variety of harms - such as oppression, subordination, discrimination, domination, harassment, and marginalization - and ways in which these harms can be remedied.

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Author:   Mary Kate Mcgowan
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.80cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 21.90cm
Weight:   0.384kg
ISBN:  

9780198829706


ISBN 10:   0198829701
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Introduction 1: Preliminaries 2: Conversational Exercitives 3: On Differences Between Standard and Conversational Exercitives 4: The General Phenomenon: Covert Exercitives 5: Speech and Oppression 6: On Pornography: Subordination and Silencing 7: Race, Speech, and Free Speech Law Conclusion

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Mary Kate McGowan is the Margaret Clapp '30 Distinguished Alumna Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College. She received her PhD from Princeton in 1996. She works in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, and feminism. She is the co-editor, with Ishani Maitra, of Speech and Harm: Controversies Over Free Speech (Oxford 2009).

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