PhilosophyPHIL 180F Insults and Intentions

What kind of injury is an insult? Is its infliction determined by the insulter or the insulted? What does it reveal of the character of each? What is its role in social and legal life (from play to jokes to ritual to war, and from defamation to fighting words to harassment)? Philosophical, anthropological, psychoanalytic, and legal approaches to the questions are emphasized.