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Sticks and stones : the philosophy of insults, Jerome Neu

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Sticks and stones : the philosophy of insults
Title
Sticks and stones
Title remainder
the philosophy of insults
Statement of responsibility
Jerome Neu
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The schoolyard chant "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is not really true. In reality, words have effects, and in the end the popular as well as standard legal distinctions between speech and conduct are as problematic as they are helpful. Indeed, the OED's first definition of insult is that of "attack" or "assault."" "In Sticks and Stones Jerome Neu explores the nature and place of insult in our lives. How much should we put up with those who would put us down? Is to understand all to forgive all? What kind of injury is an insult? Is its infliction determined by the insulter or the insulted? What does it reveal of the character of each - and of the character of society and its conventions? What is its role in social and legal life (from play to jokes to ritual to war and from blasphemy to defamation to hate speech)? Why are some insults more effective than others?" "Neu brings together a range of anecdotes and examples in answering these questions. He shows how notions of insult play into our ideas about character, honor, gender, the nature of speech acts, and social and legal conventions - and most fundamentally, how the assertions and assumptions of dominance in insults make them a serious and essential form of power play. Neu uses philosophical, anthropological, psychoanalytic, and legal approaches to these questions as well as entertaining examples to come up with insightful and surprising answers."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Neu, Jerome
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Sticks and stones : the philosophy of insults, Jerome Neu
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-280) and index
Contents
  • Ch. 1.
  • On Feeling Insulted.
  • p. 3
  • Ch. 2.
  • Honor: Slaps and Swords.
  • p. 33
  • Ch. 3.
  • Insult in Play and Ritual.
  • p. 57
  • Ch. 4.
  • Assault from the Rear.
  • p. 83
  • Ch. 5.
  • Language of Abuse.
  • p. 113
  • Ch. 6.
  • Insult in the Law: Fighting Words, Obscenity, and Hate Speech.
  • p. 137
  • Ch. 7.
  • Insult in the Law: Libel and Slander.
  • p. 171
  • Ch. 8.
  • Insult in the Law: Blasphemy.
  • p. 193
  • Ch. 9.
  • Insult Humor.
  • p. 215
  • Ch. 10.
  • To Understand All Is to Forgive All - Or Is It?.
  • p. 243
  • References.
  • p. 271
  • Index.
  • p. 281
Control code
84903373
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 292 p.
Isbn
9780195388244
Lccn
2007006256
Label
Sticks and stones : the philosophy of insults, Jerome Neu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-280) and index
Contents
  • Ch. 1.
  • On Feeling Insulted.
  • p. 3
  • Ch. 2.
  • Honor: Slaps and Swords.
  • p. 33
  • Ch. 3.
  • Insult in Play and Ritual.
  • p. 57
  • Ch. 4.
  • Assault from the Rear.
  • p. 83
  • Ch. 5.
  • Language of Abuse.
  • p. 113
  • Ch. 6.
  • Insult in the Law: Fighting Words, Obscenity, and Hate Speech.
  • p. 137
  • Ch. 7.
  • Insult in the Law: Libel and Slander.
  • p. 171
  • Ch. 8.
  • Insult in the Law: Blasphemy.
  • p. 193
  • Ch. 9.
  • Insult Humor.
  • p. 215
  • Ch. 10.
  • To Understand All Is to Forgive All - Or Is It?.
  • p. 243
  • References.
  • p. 271
  • Index.
  • p. 281
Control code
84903373
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 292 p.
Isbn
9780195388244
Lccn
2007006256

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