The Instability of Slurs

  title={The Instability of Slurs},
  author={Christopher Davis and Elin McCready},
  journal={Grazer Philosophische Studien},
We outline a program for understanding the semantics and pragmatics of slur terms, proposing that slurs are mixed expressives that predicate membership in some social group G while simultaneously invoking a complex of historical facts and social attitudes about G. We then point to the importance of distinguishing between the potential offensive and derogatory effects of slur terms, with the former deriving from the impact on the listener of the invoked content itself, and the latter deriving… 

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