The Violence of Silencing

In Jennifer Kling (ed.), Pacifism, Politics, and Feminism: Intersections and Innovations. Brill (2019)
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I argue that silencing (the act of preventing someone from communicating, broadly construed) can be an act of both interpersonal and institutional violence. My argument has two main steps. First, I follow others in analyzing violence as violation of integrity and show that undermining someone’s capacities as a knower can be such a violation. Second, I argue that silencing someone can violate their epistemic capacities in that way. I conclude by exploring when silencing someone might be morally justifiable, even if doing so is an act of violence.

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Barrett Emerick
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