Philosophy Club | What Can't we Say?

Jeanne Proust at Living Room

Wed, Mar 13 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

This our members only Philosophy Club where we'll gather in a beautiful Bed-Stuy apartment to explore the limits of language in our everyday communication as well as in the scope of modern political correctness. BYOB!

When we ask ourselves about the limits of what language can express, we are both asking if we are allowed to say everything and if it is possible to say everything.


We also have to ask ourselves what "everything" means: can words describe every nuance of our sensations, perceptions, emotions? The relationship we have with our interlocutor also plays a role in our feeling comfortable saying what we truly think. And looking within the context of political correctness, we'll explore why it would or would not be ok to say whatever we want.

We'll look to our own experience as well as what some philosophers like Hegel, Bergson, and Austin had to say about topics like performative language, language as social power, and words as labels.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jeanne Proust's research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academic frontiers.


Venue: Living Room

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