Talk by Jason Stanley: Non-Ideal Philosophy of Language I
Non-Ideal Philosophy of Language I and II
ABSTRACT: Political Philosophy and Epistemology have, in the last decade, undergone non-ideal revolutions. In both cases, theoretical change has happened by questioning the idealizations of the disciplines. For example, feminist epistemologists critiqued the individualist assumptions of mainstream epistemology, critical race theorists critiqued the focus on knowledge rather than ignorance, and both joined naturalized epistemology in critiquing the assumption that humans are ideal rational agents. In political philosophy, Charles Mills and others critiqued the focus on justice to the exclusion of the study of oppression. Feminist philosophers of language and semanticists such as Rae Langton and Sally McConnell-Ginet have engaged in analogous critiques of ordinary practice in philosophy of language and semantics. The goal of these talks, which will be chapters of my forthcoming co-authored book with David Beaver, The Politics of Language, is to spell out a program for non-ideal philosophy of language, building on the work already done by feminist theorists.