Ideology, Generics, and Common Ground

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI:
Ideology, Generics, and Common Ground

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Drawing on recent work by Sarah-Jane Leslie and others, this chapter considers how generics such as “Women are submissive” and “Blacks are violent” might implicate false claims about the nature of women and Blacks. Once these implicatures are accepted into the common ground, they become part of the ideology that sustains racist and sexist social structures. One form of critique, then, will be to take aim at such implicatures and block them through meta-linguistic negation and other linguistic and non-linguistic interventions.

Keywords: race; gender; common ground; pragmatics; generics; Sarah-Jane Leslie; essence; essentialism; implicature; metalinguistic negation; schemas; resources; ideology; social structure; fashion; vegetarianism

Chapter.  15074 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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