David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
“Choose your words wisely,” my mother used to say, “because you never know who’s listening.” Oddly, this is something about which my dear mother and Mark Richard apparently would agree. They both seem to think that the words you use say something about who you are, and if you use bad words, then you are a bad person. About this, I have no doubt that they are right - those who use slurs, at least in the context of many assertive utterances, are surely racists, anti-Semites or whatever. But MR in his paper points out that matters go further than this, for our conversational interactions with slur words can show us to be of such dubious moral status even if we don’t utter them; just our normal practices of accepting the utterances of others would be sufficient for this result. But something is surely amiss here; no doubt we can know the meaning of slur-words, and so comprehend the utterances of others, without impugning our moral stature in any way.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Michael Glanzberg (2011). Meaning, Concepts, and the Lexicon. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):1-29.
C. Travis (1996). Meaning's Role in Truth. Mind 105 (419):451-466.
Mark Schroeder (forthcoming). Semantics, Moral. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley.
Kuang-Ming Wu (1988). Goblet Words, Dwelling Words, Opalescent Words ‐ Philosophical Methodology of Chuang Tzu. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 15 (1):1-8.
Axel Cleeremans & Arnaud Destrebecqz (2003). The Self-Organizing Conundrum. (Commentary on Perruchet & Vinter on The Self-Organizing Conundrum. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (334).
Axel Cleeremans & Arnaud Destrebecqz (2005). Real Rules Are Conscious. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (1):19-20.
A. B. Johnson (1854/1948). The Meaning of Words: Analysed Into Words and Unverbal Things, and Unverbal Things Classified Into Intellections, Sensations and Emotions. Milwaukee, J.W. Chamberlin.
Kepa Korta & John Perry, Pragmatics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Elizabeth Spelke (1976). Skills of Divided Attention. Cognition 4 (3):215-230.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads77 ( #26,363 of 1,696,650 )
Recent downloads (6 months)47 ( #5,193 of 1,696,650 )
How can I increase my downloads?