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Ernie Lepore and David Sosa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198836568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198836568.001.0001

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Subordinating Speech and Speaking Up

Subordinating Speech and Speaking Up

(p.178) 7 Subordinating Speech and Speaking Up
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Language Volume 1

Gillian Russell

Oxford University Press

When we encounter speech that denigrates others unjustly, we sometimes feel a desire and an obligation to respond with more speech—a response that this paper calls ‘speaking up’. Even so, it is also common to have doubts about the value of speaking up. The paper exploits Stalnaker’s notion of a Context Set and Lewis’s work on Accommodation to further develop a model of subordinating speech that has been taking shape in the literature on pornography and hate speech. It then uses that model to suggest five ways in which speaking up can make a difference—while also noting that the model suggests that the effectiveness of speaking up can be limited by certain aspects of the context.

Keywords:   subordinating speech, presupposition, accommodation, speech acts, context, ranking, permissions, speaking up

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