Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory

December 3, 2020 - December 4, 2020

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  • Society for Applied Philosophy
  • XPrag
  • DFG


Texas A&M University
Università degli Studi di Milano
University of Arizona
Università degli Studi di Milano
University of California, Irvine
University of Manchester
Carnegie Mellon University



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Speech can be used to change societies in bad ways. It supports institutional oppression, establishes new oppressive norms, silences opponents, spreads disinformation and propagates feelings of hate. Online communities magnify the effects of individual speech acts. This workshop series, comprising five meetings, will dive into five different aspects of oppressive speech. We’ll look at social norms and institutions, silencing and free speech, social meaning, norm-shifting and disinformation. We’ll bring several tools and perspectives from linguistics, social modelling, and philosophy, including game theory, semantics/pragmatics and speech act theory. We’ll seek answers to how oppressive speech works and how to defend against it.

Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 Dec)
Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 Jan)
Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 Feb)
Theme 4: Norms & Practices: Speech Acts & Conversational Dynamics (25-26 Mar)
Theme 5: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May)

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November 30, 2020, 6:00pm CET

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