Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics Volume 8$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark C. Timmons

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198828310

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198828310.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 November 2019

Stoic Silencing of Insults

Stoic Silencing of Insults

How to Sabotage Wrongful Speech

Chapter:
(p.274) 13 Stoic Silencing of Insults
Source:
Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics Volume 8
Author(s):

Roy Sorensen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828310.003.0014

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.” This enthymeme, widely attributed to Frederick Douglass, suggests a strengthening of the Stoic claim that no insult can disturb the tranquility of the sage. Instead of shielding the Stoic, virtue disarms the assailant attempting the insult. Un-insultability comports better with the Stoic’s concern for the moral welfare of others—even those who mean you harm. The feminist analysis of illocutionary silencing suggests a plausible mechanism for this stronger interpretation. Accordingly, Stoic counsel on insults is reinterpreted in light of J. L. Austin’s theory of speech acts.

Keywords:   insult, silencing, Stoicism, Frederick Douglass, J. L. Austin, illocutionary disablement

Oxford 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 .