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Philosophies 2017, 2(2), 13;

“Political Correctness” from a “Border Reason”: Between Dignity and the Shadow of Exclusion

Tecnologico de Monterrey, Carlos Lazo 100, Santa Fe, 01389, Mexico City, Mexico
Academic Editors: Jean-Yves Beziau and Thalia Magioglou
Received: 16 September 2016 / Revised: 8 May 2017 / Accepted: 5 June 2017 / Published: 14 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Correctness—Towards a Global Ethos)
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The concept of political correctness highlights a set of principles and structures that should (or, in other cases, must) be followed to pursue a specific social behavior that characterizes a society and endorses an ideal identity. Nevertheless, even when this behavior implies a sense of social recognition and acceptance by a specific group, it also encompasses a risk of imposing a particular model of life, halting the emergence of criticisms and differences as far as it could be misguided to promote discrimination and exclusion. All of these raise the question of whether it is possible to conceive political correctness from a perspective of inclusion that transcends this layer of exclusion. If this is the case, following Eugenio Trías’ philosophy about the limit, the concept needs to be reconsidered through a “border reason” that enables one to conceive the benefits it brings as well as the criticisms that come from the analysis of the “shadowy” practice of the concept. This approach will lead to accepting that political correctness fulfills a function for society but that it requires a reflexive attitude along with its practices as part of a border relation between its benefits and the risks that it also has to tackle. Finally, a concept that could serve as a hinge to reinforce the perspective of a border limit is dignity, which could lead to an ethical reflection that underpins politically correct actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: political correctness; discrimination; philosophy of limit; dignity; Eugenio Trías political correctness; discrimination; philosophy of limit; dignity; Eugenio Trías
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Cepeda-Mayorga, I. “Political Correctness” from a “Border Reason”: Between Dignity and the Shadow of Exclusion. Philosophies 2017, 2, 13.

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