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Organon F

2021, Pages 1–19

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Unmentionables: Some Remarks on Taboo (SI: Value in Language)

Stefano Predelli

DOI: to be assigned

Abstract

This paper discusses the phenomenon of linguistic taboo. It contrasts that phenomenon with the truth-conditional and non-truth-conditional dimensions of meaning, paying particular attention to slurs and coarseness. It then highlights the peculiarities of taboo and its meta-semantic repercussions: taboo is a meaning-related feature that is nevertheless directly associated with the tokening process. In the conclusion, it gestures to the role of taboo within a theory of linguistic action and the standard framework for conversational exchanges. On these results, I am going to end by looking at some of the harms that epistemic injustice inflicts upon its victims.

Keywords

Taboo; non-truth-conditional meaning; derogation; coarse-ness; register; David Kaplan.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Stefano Predelli

Affiliation

University of Nottingham

Address

Department of Philosophy, Room C43 Humanities Building, NG7 2RD Nottingham, United Kingdom

E-mail

stefano.predelli@nottingham.ac.uk 

About this article

Received

20 October 2020

Accepted

10 May 2021

Published online

1 August 2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

Stefano Predelli . "Unmentionables: Some Remarks on Taboo" Organon F 2021, 1–19. https://www.organonf.com/journal/stefanopredelli/

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© Stefano Predelli

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