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Living Speech Resisting the Empire of Force

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ISBN-10: 0691138370

ISBN-13: 9780691138374

Edition: 2008

Authors: James Boyd White

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Language is our key to imagining the world, others, and ourselves. Yet sometimes our ways of talking dehumanize others and trivialize human experience. In war other people are imagined as enemies to be killed. The language of race objectifies those it touches, and propaganda disables democracy. Advertising reduces us to consumers, and clicheacute;s destroy the life of the imagination. How are we to assert our humanity and that of others against the forces in the culture and in our own minds that would deny it? What kind of speech should the First Amendment protect? How should judges and justices themselves speak? These questions animate James Boyd White'sLiving Speech, a profound…    
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction: The Empire of Force and the World of Words
Speech in the Empire
Valuable speech
Dante's Divine Comedy
Our world of public speech
Advertising and propaganda
The "marketplace of ideas"
Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
Frankfurter and Jackson in the flag salute case
Abraham Lincoln's letter to General Hooker
Living Speech and the Mind Behind It
"Nature in her full glory"
The writing of children
Polonius' speech to Laertes
Francesca's story of her life in Dante's Commedia
John Ashcroft on military tribunals
The teaching of writing in college
Abraham's argument with the Deity about the fate of Sodom
Blackmun's opinion in Virginia Pharmacy Board
Jackson's opinion in Thomas v. Collins
The Desire for Meaning
The role of the reader in making meaning
The note on the icebox
The statute
Frost's "Road Not Taken" again
Three forms of the desire for meaning
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
The judicial opinion
Desires not for meaning but for use
Francesca once more
Master Adam and Sinon
Writing That Calls the Reader into Life-or Death
Plato's Phaedrus, on not saying the same thing always
The conversation with the reader in William Carlos Williams's, "This Is Just To Say"
The possibilities for meaning presented by the facts of Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition
The meaning actually achieved in the opinion in that case
Dante's Guido da Montefeltro as a legal thinker
The opinion of Brandeis in Whitney v. California
Human Dignity and the Claim of Meaning
Athenian tragedy and the judicial opinion compared
Aeschylus, The Oresteia and The Persians
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus and the Ajax
Justice Harlan in Cohen v. California
The relation between the claim of justice and the claim of meaning, especially in Dante's treatment of Virgil
Silence, Belief, and the Right to Speak
Living speech
Trivializing and degrading speech
Silence and meaning among the Quakers
The law as an institution built upon speech that claims meaning for experience
Belief beyond language, in life and law
Justice and love
Simone Weil