In-class speech by professors (NOT about hostile environment
Robert Justin Lipkin
RJLipkin at AOL.COM
Thu Aug 30 19:14:06 PDT 2001
I'm late to this discussion. But appealing to the use/mention
distinction in philosophical discourse really doesn't solve the problem. A
truly malevolent racist, sexist, anti-Semite, and so forth can hide behind
the use/mention distinction to perpetrate just the sort of harms that
outright racist, sexist, anti-religious speech inflicts by 'using' an
offensive epithet directly. Neither single or double quotations can conceal
the harm inflicted on an overly sensitive victim or a reasonably sensitive
victim at the hands of a truly malevolent rhetorician.
Widener University School of Law
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