Political Correctness between Wise Stoicism and Violent Hypocrisy
AbstractThis article aims at commenting in a novel way on the concept of political correctness, by showing that, even if adopting a politically-correct behavior aims at promoting a precise moral outcome, violence can be still perpetrated, despite good intentions. To afford in a novel way the problem of political correctness, I will adopt a theoretical strategy that adheres to moral stoicism, the problem of “silence”, the “fascist state of the mind” and the concept of “overmorality”, which I have introduced in my book Understanding Violence. The Intertwining of Morality, Religion, and Violence: A Philosophical Stance (Springer: Heidelberg/Berlin, Germany, 2011). I will demonstrate that political correctness certainly obeys the stoic moral rule, which teaches us that we have to diminish conflicts and, so, the potential for derived violence, by avoiding to pronounce words and expressions that can be offensive and so conflict making. Unfortunately, political correctness often increases the so-called already widespread overmorality, typical of our era, and postulates too many minor moral values (or rights) to be attributed to individuals and groups, which must be respected. Therefore, engaging in political correctness obscures more serious issues regarding social, political and economic life, committing a sin of abstractness and idealization. At the same time, by discouraging the use of words and expressions, the intrinsic overmoralization at work creates potential new conflicts and potential derived violence. View Full-Text
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Magnani, L. Political Correctness between Wise Stoicism and Violent Hypocrisy. Philosophies 2016, 1, 261-274.
Magnani L. Political Correctness between Wise Stoicism and Violent Hypocrisy. Philosophies. 2016; 1(3):261-274.Chicago/Turabian Style
Magnani, Lorenzo. 2016. "Political Correctness between Wise Stoicism and Violent Hypocrisy." Philosophies 1, no. 3: 261-274.