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180228 KU Language, injustice, and resistance (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 13.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 20.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 27.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 03.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 10.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 17.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 24.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 01.12. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 15.12. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 12.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 19.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Mittwoch 26.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This is a course in social and political philosophy of language. It explores how language is bound up with social and political power, how the use and reception of language can be unjust, and how such injustice can be resisted or counteracted.

The course is divided into the following four themes:

1. Speech acts, silencing, and blocking. In this part we explore how the ability to do things with words (to perform speech acts) can be unjustly impeded or “silenced” by audiences, and also how audiences and bystanders can counter-act unjust speech by means of “blocking.”

2. Epistemic injustice and epistemic resistance. In this part we explore some of the ways that speakers can be unjustly treated as epistemic agents – for example, when they are not assigned enough credibility, or when they are unfairly disadvantaged by the distribution of hermeneutical resources. We also explore some ways that epistemic injustice can be resisted.

3. Derogatory language. In this part we explore derogatory language, such as slurs, dogwhistles, and other forms of “toxic speech”, and we examine strategies, such as reclamation and reappropriation, for combatting such language.

4. Conceptual engineering. In this part we examine the idea that certain oppressive concepts can be revised and improved, in lie with our social and political goals. We look in particular at concepts of race and gender, exploring how these concepts may contribute to the subordination of certain groups, and how they might be ameliorated in order to serve social justice.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

20% - weekly participation tasks
20% - short essay (800 - 1200 words)
20% - Proposal / plan for longer essay
40% - longer essay (2000 - 2500 words)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum Requirements: compulsory attendance (no more than 2 unauthorised absences will be accepted), submission of all assignments (weekly participation tasks, short essay, proposal / plan for longer essay, and longer essay), and minimum grade of 61%.

Assessment criteria: students' assignments will be assessed based on their relevance, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.

Grading scale:
1 (excellent) 100 – 90 points
2 (good) 89 – 81 points
3 (satisfactory) 80 – 71 points
4 (sufficient) 70 - 61 points
5 (insufficient) 60 – 0 points


The topics for the short essay (800-1200 words) will be assigned in week 3. The topics for the longer essay (2000-2500 words) will be chosen and developed by students themselves, in discussion with the lecturer.


The full reading list will be made available on Moodle, along with videos / podcasts and other materials. Core readings will include:

Austin, J.L. 1961. "Performative utterances"
Langton, R. 1993. "Speech acts an unspeakable acts"
Kukla, R. 2014. "Performative force, convention, and discursive injustice"
Langton, R. 2018. "Blocking as counter-speech"
Fricker, M. 2007. Epistemic Injustice (selected chapters)
Medina, J. 2013. The Epistemology of Resistance (selected chapters)
Langton, R. Haslanger, S. and Anderson, L. 2012. "Language an race" in Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language.
Tirrell, L. 2012. "Genocidal Language Games"
Tirrell, L. 2018. "Toxic speech: inoculations and antidotes"
Haslanger, S. "Gender and race: (what) are they? (What) do we want them to be?"
Jenkins, K. 2016. "Amelioration and inclusion: gender identity and the concept of Woman"

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 15.12.2021 15:29