Emma Byrne/ John Gallagher/ Rebecca Roache

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Language allows us to communicate. It also allows us to charm, shock, delight, and offend. It is political and we can use it to harm and manipulate. And some words are just not okay in polite company. Should there ever be restraints on what can be said? If so, what kind? We navigate the deeper issues around swearing, slurring, and slander. Swear-jars at the ready!

Emma Byrne, AI Researcher; Author, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language
John Gallagher, Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Leeds
Rebecca Roache, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London

Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

Supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy


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