Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Confident PluralismSurviving and Thriving through Deep Difference$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John D. Inazu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226365459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226365596.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 17 May 2022

Living Speech

Living Speech

Rising Above Insults and Bullying

(p.93) Chapter 6 Living Speech
Confident Pluralism

John D. Inazu

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 looks at the implications of Confident Pluralism for our speech, including our use of name-calling and labeling. The First Amendment's free speech right allows us to say almost anything to almost anyone. But that freedom places a great deal of responsibility on us for what we choose to say. On most of the deeply contested issues at the core of our divisiveness, our efforts toward Confident Pluralism are hindered by the Hurtful Insult and the Conversation Stopper. These kinds of speech that breed social intolerance by stigmatizing people instead of challenging ideas are at odds with the aspirations of Confident Pluralism. We can choose to avoid this stigmatizing speech and instead pursue what law professor James Boyd White calls “living speech.” Let's call this the Speech Imperative.

Keywords:   free speech, living speech, hurtful insult, stigma, intolerance, conversation stopper, James Boyd White

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.