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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Philosophy

First Advisor

Donovan Wishon

Second Advisor

Robert Barnard


University of Mississippi

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There are broadly two kinds of accounts of slurs: ones that place the derogation in the content of what is said or some concept associated with the words themselves or those that argue derogation takes places in the expression of some state of the slur-user – that derogation is part of the use of the slurring words. In this paper I argue that an expressivist account of slurs can be combined with a semantic account in which the truth conditions of the semantic account are fictional.

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