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Living Speech : Resisting the Empire of Force

Author: James Boyd White
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2009] ©2006
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : English : Course BookView all editions and formats
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Language is our key to imagining the world, others, and ourselves. Yet sometimes our ways of talking dehumanize others and trivialize human experience. In war other people are imagined as enemies to be killed. The language of race objectifies those it touches, and propaganda disables democracy. Advertising reduces us to consumers, and clichés destroy the life of the imagination. How are we to assert our humanity  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Boyd White
ISBN: 9781400827534 1400827531
OCLC Number: 1154205261
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Table of Contents --
Preface --
Introduction. The Empire of Force and the World of Words --
Chapter One. Speech in the Empire --
Chapter Two. Living Speech and the Mind Behind It --
Chapter Three. The Desire for Meaning --
Chapter Four. Writing That Calls the Reader to Life-or Death --
Chapter Five. Human Dignity and the Claim of Meaning --
Chapter Six. Silence, Belief, and the Right to Speak --
Index
Responsibility: James Boyd White.

Abstract:

Language is our key to imagining the world, others, and ourselves. Yet sometimes our ways of talking dehumanize others and trivialize human experience. In war other people are imagined as enemies to be killed. The language of race objectifies those it touches, and propaganda disables democracy. Advertising reduces us to consumers, and clichés destroy the life of the imagination. How are we to assert our humanity and that of others against the forces in the culture and in our own minds that would deny it? What kind of speech should the First Amendment protect? How should judges and justices themselves speak? These questions animate James Boyd White's Living Speech, a profound examination of the ethics of human expression--in the law and in the rest of life. Drawing on examples from an unusual range of sources--judicial opinions, children's essays, literature, politics, and the speech-out-of-silence of Quaker worship--White offers a fascinating analysis of the force of our languages. Reminding us that every moment of speech is an occasion for gaining control of what we say and who we are, he shows us that we must practice the art of resisting the forces of inhumanity built into our habits of speech and thought if we are to become more capable of love and justice--in both law and life.

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