Language and Life: Power Structures and Sociality in Philosophy of Language
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My intention is to demonstrate how social power functions through forms of language use. It becomes clear that understanding the philosophy of language—including both the concepts of form and content—is necessary in order to analyze and diagnose the ways in which social structures of dominance lead to the oppression of social groups. I define oppression as Iris Marion Young does so, identifying its five distinct modes: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. I intend to locate each of faces of oppression as ultimately resulting in the disenabling silence and invisibility that hinder one’s ability to be a free, speaking agent. The overall effect of being disenabling shows us that the way we normally think about language – as a means of freely communicating with one another – can be threatened by systems of oppression and domination.
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