Law and the Janus-faced Morality of Political Correctness

an Introduction




political correctness, juridical comparability, free speech, counterstorytelling;, Mark Tushnett, Stanley Fish


This introduction explores the relationship between Law and Political Correctness (PC), considering different stages (from culture wars on campus to narrative outsider jurisprudences), as well as diverse (contextually instable and often contradictory) narrative webs. This reflective path opens three main different problems: the first concerns the way how the sensitivity to political correctness is programmatically (contingently) pursued through statutory law; the second identifies the difficulties which plurality and fragmentation create, when we consider Law’s vocation for comparability; the third denounces specific institutionalizing procedures and social effects associable to the culture of political correctness. Acknowledging that the integrated discussion of these themes, in their juridical systematic implications, is fundamentally encore à faire, the last part of the text introduces in detail the seven chapters which follow, highlighting the stimulant plurality of perspectives and approaches which they manifest.


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