Silence and objecting

Jennifer Lackey*

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In her article, Lackey observes that there is a connection between silence and the duty we have to object to what we take to be false or unwarranted. She argues, however, that the central approach to explaining this connection is flawed. The flaw in what she calls “the cooperative conversation view” is that it excludes some non-ideal facts about the world, which leads it to make faulty assumptions about conversers and conversations. The solution is to begin with a non-ideal theory-one that focuses on features of the actual world like power and oppression. This kind of theory, as Lackey shows, demonstrates that, for many, objecting is a luxury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVoicing Dissent
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ethics and Epistemology of Making Disagreement Public
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351721578
ISBN (Print)9781138744288
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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