Language & Power
Language plays a central role in our interactions with others in the world: not only is it a way to convey information, but it is also an action which itself can have a significant impact on others. Language helps us to convey our thoughts and to foster relationships and build communities. It can also be a powerful mechanism through which to derogate, marginalize, or subordinate people.
This course draws on texts from philosophy of language, epistemology, and social philosophy - including feminist philosophy and CRT - to examine how language draws on, exerts, and reinforces social power in both official and everyday interactions.
This course is currently offered periodically at Illinois State University.
Spring 2022, Illinois State University
Spring 2019, Illinois State University
Spring 2018, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Spring 2016, Georgetown University
Spring 2014, Georgetown University
Spring 2013, Georgetown University