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Excitable Speech. A Politics of the Performative

  title={Excitable Speech. A Politics of the Performative},
  author={J. Butler},
Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative inquires into the status of speech as conduct from the perpective of social theories of discourse. In a critical encounter with the work of Catharine MacKinnon and Mari Matsuda, this text asks whether and under what conditions hate speech and pornography can be considered "performative", and in what sense. Following the work of J.L. Austin, this work argues that there are at least two ways of construing the performativity of such expressions: (a… Expand
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  • Kant, Wittgenstein, and the Performativity of Thought
  • 2021
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