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    Racial Realities.Luvell Anderson - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:15-31.
    How should we conceive of conflicts that seem intractable? Is there any hope of a resolution? We observe impasses between various groups concerning the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, the Movement for Black Lives and racial conservatives, and Indigenous voices versus settler colonial states. Some aspects of these impasses can surely be explained by an unwillingness by one or more parties to the conflict to yield any ground. Might there also be room for misunderstanding generated by radically different ways of conceiving (...)
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    Politics, Words, and Concepts: On the Impossibility and Undesirability of ‘Amelioration’.Louise Antony - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:47-61.
    Recently, several philosophers have argued that there is a political necessity to alter certain important concepts, such as WOMAN, in order to give us better tools to understand and change oppressive conditions. I argue that conceptual change of this sort is impossible. But I also argue that it is politically unnecessary – we can effect progressive change using the same old concepts we've always had.
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  3. Introduction.Julian Baggini - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:1-13.
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    What Is It to Be Responsible for What You Say?Emma Borg - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:107-126.
    In asserting something I incur certain kinds of liabilities, including a responsibility for the truth of the content I express. If I say ‘After leaving the EU, the UK will take back control of c. £350 million per week’, or I tell you that ‘The number 14 bus stops at the British Museum’, I become liable for the truth of these claims. As my audience, you could hold me unreliable or devious if it turns out that what I said is (...)
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    Stories and Selves: A Twisted Love Story about the Meaning of Life.Elisabeth Camp - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:157-179.
    I argue that stories are ‘equipment for living’ in two senses: retrospectively, they provide ‘configurational comprehension’ of a temporal sequence of events; prospectively, they offer templates for action. Narrative conceptions of the self appear well poised to leverage these functional roles for stories into an intuitively compelling view of self-construction as self-construal. However, the narrative conception defines selves in terms of the lives they live: a self is the protagonist in a lifelong story. And narrative structure is itself defined by (...)
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    A New Look at the Classical Chinese Dào of the Relation between Word and World.Chad Hansen - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:181-198.
    I argue that the absence of some of the ‘greatest hits’ of Western philosophy in Classical China can be explained by a Wittgensteinian take on the role of language in philosophy. One is the ‘Idea Theory’ of meaning which anchors Western Mind-Body dualism. Its attraction is removed when the writing reminds us that a picture does not by itself ‘give life to’ our language even while it plays a role of cross-linguistic communication. Another is the centrality of a law-command theory (...)
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    On Discussing What We Should Do.Jane Heal - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:127-141.
    Many of the good things which make human life worthwhile are essentially social, cannot be enjoyed by one person unless they are enjoyed together with others. And it is obvious that thinking in terms of the first-person plural, we/us, plays a large part in everyday life as people consider puzzlements (‘What should we do?’) and remark on the success of what they decided on (‘That worked out really well for us!’). Analytic philosophers should accept this at face value, recognising that (...)
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    Misunderstanding and Meaning Change.Andrew Hines - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:33-46.
    Today, the tone of discussion in the public sphere is dominated by misunderstanding. A common assumption is that misunderstanding comes from a failure of understanding. This article argues that misunderstanding is in fact a type of meaning change. To fully understand the contrast between misunderstanding as a failure of understanding and misunderstanding as a type of meaning change, the article uses Ludwig Wittgenstein and Hans-Georg Gadamer as a starting point to tease out an unthought assumption. Both thinkers challenge traditional preconceptions (...)
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    Inflammatory Language.Ernie Lepore - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:63-72.
    This is a paper is about a particular subclass of pejoratives, namely, slurs. These are epithets that denigrate a group on the basis of membership alone, e.g., on the basis of race, ethnicity, origin, religion, gender, or ideology. They carrry a characteristic sting, prone to cause outrage and even injury. As to the source of their characteristic sting, the predominant position invokes some aspect of meaning. Some of the few who reject this assumption locate the source of the sting in (...)
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    Prejudicial Speech: What's a Liberal to Do?Mari Mikkola - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:87-106.
    This paper discusses potential responses to harmful prejudicial speech. More specifically, it considers how different types of prejudicial speech merit different responses. The paper distinguishes hate speech, discriminatory speech, and toxic speech as different types of speech that are prejudicial or oppressive – they are not of the same kind diverging only in their severity and explicitness. As these sorts of problematic speech are categorially distinct, the paper holds, they also demand differential remedies. The task of this paper is to (...)
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    Games, Norms, and Utterances.Mihaela Popa-Wyatt & Jeremy L. Wyatt - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:73-86.
    A body of work proposes that social-norm change can be explained in terms of game theory. These game theoretic models, however, don't fully account for how and why utterances are used to change social norms. This paper describes the problem and some of the solution elements. There are three existing, relevant, game-based models. The first is a game theoretic model of social norm change (Bicchieri, 2005, 2016). This accounts for how individuals make decisions to adhere to or violate norms, based (...)
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    How To Get About.David Sosa - 2024 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 95:143-156.
    The ‘Only connect!’ that serves as epigraph to Forster's Howards End tolerates a variety of interpretations; but the very idea of a connection, or a relating of one thing with another, is conceptually deep. One form of connection is when something is about a thing, representing or symbolizing that thing. When we think of someone, or discuss something, we connect to them, or to it.In his Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein asks, ‘What makes my image of him into an image of him? (...)
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