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That's Offensive!
Author: Stefan Collini

ISBN: 9781906497798
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 82
Published: 16 November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 11.7 x 1.2
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That’s Offensive! examines the common assertion that to criticize someone else’s deeply held ideas or beliefs is inherently offensive. This idea, Stefan Collini argues, is unfortunately reinforced by two of the central requirements of an enlightened global politics: treating all people with equal respect and trying to avoid words or deeds that compound existing social disadvantages. In this powerfully argued book, Collini identifies a confused form of relativism and a well-meaning condescension at the heart of such attitudes. Instead, Collini suggests that one of the most profound ways to show our respect for other people is by treating them as capable of engaging in reasoned argument and thus as equals in intellect and humanity.

Collini’s ideas are timely and controversial, addressing deep issues about identity and human agency. His maxims—do not be so afraid of giving offens...

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