Selected Publications, Presentations and Work in Progress
Upcoming Talks on "Hepeating" and Discursive Alienation
July 16th-18th 2021 / The SWIP Panel at The Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association
In this paper, I discuss a discursive phenomenon involving hepeating and attempt to locate the harm and wrongness of it. Hepeating happens in the following manner in workplaces and academic settings: a woman speaker proposes an idea, but there is no uptake of it; later her male colleague puts forward the very same idea, and everyone loves it. I argue that hepeating as a discursive phenomenon involves a kind of harm and wrongness that do not reduce into moral transgression or distributive injustice. I claim that there is a distinctive discursive harm to the woman speaker where hepeating happens, but the existing notion of illocutionary silencing does not adequately explain it. I develop the notion of discursive alienation as discursive harm and discuss how it problematizes social conditions and discursive contexts that alienate speakers.