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CPP Expert Colloquium with Rae Langton: How to gain (and lose) authority with words

  • Rae Langton
Friday 30 October 2015
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

On Friday, 30 October 2015, the Leiden Centre for Political Philosophy (CPP) will organise an Expert Colloquium on the notion of authority in speech acts. The colloquium will be chaired by Professor Rae Langton (University of Cambridge).

How to gain (and lose) authority with words
Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited. 
Please register with Mrs. Karineke Sombroek
For further information, contact CPP. 

The colloquium follows the fourth annual CPP Lecture by Rae Langton on 29 October 2015.

The CPP Expert Colloquium takes up themes from Professor Rae Langton's six John Locke Lectures, ‘Accommodating Injustice’, recently completed at the University of Oxford, May-June 2015. 

Good speech is better, and bad speech is worse, when it has authority. But where does that authority come from? In part from the acts and omissions of other speakers and hearers, following rules of accommodation—a routine process of adjustment that makes our speech acts count as 'correct play'.

Professor Rae Langton

Rae Langton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow at Newnham College. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Rae Langton has published on history of philosophy (especially Kant), ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. She is the author of Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification (Oxford, 2009) and Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves (Oxford, 1998).

The Expert Colloquium is sponsored by the Leiden Institute for Philosophy, the Leiden Institute of Political Science and the Leiden University Fund.

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