The Frege lecturer this year is Jennifer Saul from Sheffield.
And the title of the lectures is “Language that Matters: Politically and Ethically significant Speech”.
The lectures concern a collection of issues at the under-explored intersection of philosophy of language with moral and political philosophy. The first two lectures explore subtle ways of communicating racist ideas that are no longer considered fit for explicit expression. Lectures 3 and 4 explore the distinction between lying and misleading, exploring both the proper way to draw this distinction and its ethical significance. Lecture 5 steps back from specifically linguistic issues to look at reasons for the under-representation of women and members of other (and overlapping) groups. Lecture 6 returns to philosophy of language with a close look at the pragmatics of efforts to rectify this under-representation. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Lectures will take place in Jakobi 2, 322.
11:15-12:45: Dogwhistles: Political Manipulation and Philosophy of Language
15:15-16:45: Generics Don't Essentialise People; People Essentialise People!
11:15-12:45: Just Go Ahead and Lie
15:15-16:45: Lying, Misleading and What is Said
11:15-12:45: Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Academia
15:15-16:45: The Pragmatics of Inclusivity