On Offence

On Offence

The Politics of Indignation

Book - 2013
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Most of us know what it is to be offended. In a society bound by complicated behavioural codes, the potential for offence is ever-present, the varieties of emotional trespass legion
Publisher: Brunswick, Vic. : Scribe, 2013.
ISBN: 9781922070500
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm.

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PasqualeDiRago
Sep 20, 2013

On Offence by Richard King: To quote from the book: "It is born of three convictions: A) That the principle of Free Speech is meaningless unless it includes the Freedom to Offend, B) That the claim to find something hurtful or offensive should be the beginning of debate, not the end of it, and C) that the modern fetish for sensitivity is corrosive of genuine civility. Richard King having laid the foundations for the book, goes on to build the edifice with well thought out arguments and examples taken from the last 20 or so years, stopping along the way to explore some Philosophical, legal and political aspects. But one thing that was really puzzling for me was any real mention or treatment of Antisemitism or the Anti Defamation League, which to my mind is the Gold Standard when it comes to Offense and the Politics of Identity. I can only assume that this is too much of a hot potato for the Author to address. Anyway on the whole I found great value in having read the book by Mr King, but I am left wondering if it could have been more inclusive and comprehensive, had it also explored the Sensitive issue of the founding Abrahamic faith.

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