[SydPhil] Notification: Bob Simpson @ Wed 17 May 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Bob Simpson
What is Legitimation?

What sense can we make of a claim like “racist jokes legitimate racial  
discrimination”, if it refers to a social context in which racial  
discrimination is legally sanctioned, and those sanctions are widely  
supported? There is a distinc-tive concept of ‘legitimation’ at work here.  
But its meaning isn’t clear. And as a result the term sometimes looks more  
like a rhetorical device than a bona fide critical concept. In this paper I  
try to remedy this. After distinguishing the target concept from some other  
uses of the term ‘legitimation’, I present two rival ac-counts of the  
target concept. One says: A legitimates x when A makes x seem normatively  
legitimate in a local context. The other says: A legitimates x when A  
contributes to the descriptive normalisation of x in a global context. I  
argue that legitimation seems like a more credible critical concept if it’s  
understood accord-ing to the second account, and explore some implications  
of this.

When: Wed 17 May 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
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