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May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: Bad Language

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: Bad Language

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

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!

 

Speakers
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

Chair
Clare Moriarty
IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy

 

Recorded on 3 December 2018 at the LSE

 

 

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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