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Just words : on speech and hidden harm

Author: Mary Kathryn McGowan
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Kathryn McGowan
ISBN: 9780198829706 0198829701
OCLC Number: 1045198443
Description: xi, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Preliminaries --
Conversational exercitives --
On differences between standard and conversational exercitives --
The general phenomenon: covert exercitives --
Speech and oppression --
On pornography: subordination and silencing --
Race, speech, and free speech law --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Mary Kate McGowan.

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We all know that speech can be harmful. But how? Mary Kate McGowan argues that speech constitutes harm when it enacts a norm that prescribes that harm. She investigates such harms as oppression,  Read more...

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