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Who whom? Uptake and radical self-silencing

De Gaynesford, M. (2023) Who whom? Uptake and radical self-silencing. Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy. ISSN 1502-3923

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2023.2261500


Radical self-silencing is a particular variety of speech act disablement where the subject silences themselves, whether knowingly or not, because of their own faults or deficiencies. The paper starts with some concrete cases and preparatory comments to help orient and motivate the investigation. It then offers a summary analysis, drawing on a small number of basic concepts to identify its five individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions and discriminating their two basic forms, ‘internalist’ and ‘externalist’. The paper then explicates and defends what has been proposed, where the most salient and pressing objections concern the use of two basic concepts: ‘uptake’ and ‘silencing’. Finally, the paper gives a longer-term motivation for deepening our understanding of radical self-silencing, what it is and what it implies.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:113330
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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