What cannot be said?

Philosophy and Rhetoric 55 (1):1-3 (2022)
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What cannot be said? The question presses, as there are no words, or no fitting words, or no words that make sense let alone do justice, all perhaps in the face of demands to speak. And, as voice collapses in the midst of the violence that confounds reference, degrades language, imposes silence, and enforces repression—what cannot be said may turn on privation, the grounds, incentives, and intentions of expression that are banished, disappeared, and colonized, often in the name of deterring and containing the "dangerous" word, the word assumed to be violent, perhaps intrinsically and perhaps as it's held to contravene the homologeō with so much "barbarism." In this way, what cannot be said may also be a...

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Erik Doxtader
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