Free speech and illocution

Legal Theory 4 (1):21-37 (1998)
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Abstract

We defend the view of some feminist writers that the notion of silencing has to be taken seriously in discussions of free speech. We assume that what ought to be meant by ‘speech’, in the context ‘free speech’, is whatever it is that a correct justification of the right to free speech justifies one in protecting. And we argue that what one ought to mean includes illocution, in the sense of J.L. Austin.

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Rae Langton
Cambridge University
Jennifer Hornsby
Birkbeck College

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