Philosophy and Rhetoric 53 (3):344 (2020)

If we consider why freedom of assembly is separate from freedom of expression, it is precisely because the power that people have to gather is itself an important political prerogative, quite distinct from the right to say whatever they have to say once people have gathered. The gathering signifies in excess of what is said, and that mode of signification is a concerted bodily enactment, a plural form of performativity.The language being used to describe the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting COVID-19 disease is the rhetoric of violence and war. Doctors and nurses are soldiers on the front lines but also witnesses to the very violence they are attempting to ameliorate. Hospitals are the battlefield. The virus...
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