Hate Speech and the Problems of Agency

Social Philosophy Today 16:185-201 (2000)

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Kory P. Schaff
California State University, Los Angeles
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At the center of the hate speech controversy is the question whether it constitutes conduct. If hate speech is not conduct, then restricting it runs counter to free speech. But even if it could be shown that it is a kind of conduct, complicated questions arise. Does it necessarily follow that we restrict speech? Practically speaking, can speech even be restricted, either through new legislation or the enforcement of existing laws regulating conduct? Are measures such as hate crimes legislation both useful and appropriate in protecting individuals and groups from violence? The present paper aims to address these questions by reconstructing and assessing Judith Butler’s important treatment of speech-acts and hate speech in her book Excitable Speech: The Politics of the Performative
Keywords Social and Political Philosophy  Philosophy of Race  Legal Philosophy  Philosophy of Sexuality  Feminist Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 1543-4044
DOI 10.5840/socphiltoday20001645
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