Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs

Oxford University Press (2018)

David Sosa
University of Texas at Austin
What makes a word bad? On the one hand, slurs and other derogatory language appear to be meaningful - different slurs can seem to refer to different groups, for example. On the other hand, slurs can seem to be just an arbitrary tool for insulting or enabling harm. How is the meaning of a slur related to its practical uses?
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