Seminar Series in Analytic Philosophy 2020-21, Session 12

The Expression of Hate in Hate Speech
Teresa Marques (University of Barcelona)

18 December 2020, 16:00

Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa
Sala Mattos Romão (Departamento de Filosofia) & live-streamed

Abstract: This paper offers an account of how hate speech expresses hate. In so doing, it answers two objections to expressivist views. It further gives a hypothesis to explain how and when hate speech can correlate with hate crimes. It combines an account of the illocutionary structure of conversational contexts and of the normative requirements that speech makes on context, and recent accounts of the attitudes or sentiments expressed through hate speech. It concludes that hate speech is illocutionarily expressive, and presupposes ongoing hate as a sentiment which “organizes people’s social world” (Fischer et al 2018, p. 311).

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