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Speech & Limits?: Offensiphobia, Freedom of Speech and The Rougher Side of Humor

April 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

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One event on April 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

A collaborative project between the Carroll College Philosophy Department and Merlin CCC about the limits (?) of speech. 

The first symposium in the series will focus on the ethics and legality of politically correct speech (especially on college campuses)…and the relationship of this speech to freedom of expression.  The second symposium will focus on freedom of speech in the context of humor/comedy. Both events are free to the public.


Part of the Philosophy Now lecture series at Carroll College, this presentation by J. Angelo Corlett, PhD, Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at San Diego State University, will focus on the ethics and legality of politically correct speech, especially on college campuses, and the relationship of this speech to freedom of expression.

He’ll explore questions like: Can freedom of expression can go too far?  Are there legal and moral limits to what we ought to say…or how or when we ought to say it?

This event will be held in the Carroll College Student Center.  FREE & open to the public.  

In this symposium, we’ll have a free-wheeling discussion about contemporary humor with Dr. J. Angelo Corlett, looking at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle

After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and discuss such questions as: What are the aims of humor? What’s the difference between an offense and a harm? Is there a difference between using a word and mentioning a word and does it matter? Do comedians have certain obligations?  What about listeners? And more…

Program directed by Marisa Diaz-Waian & Dr. Barry Ferst.  This event will be held in a TBD venue.  FREE & open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences). 

When & Where

Program Details

Offensiphobia: Tue. April 12th (7pm-9pm) @ Carroll College Student Center

Rougher Side of Humor: Wed. April 13th (7pm-9pm) @ The Heath  — Doors open at 6:30

Other Info

Cost: FREE (both symposia)

Humor Event: 18+ years old/Mature Audiences & Beer/Wine (for those who are 21+)/Snacks available on site


About the Speaker

Image of J. Angelo Corlett | Board Member for Merlin MCC

Dr. J. Angelo Corlett is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University specializing in Moral Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy.  His areas of interest include: apology, capital punishment, civil disobedience, ethics of illegal drugs, forgiveness, hate speech, immigration, indigenism, international law, justice, Latino/a identity, legal interpretation, philosophy of sport, political violence, privacy, punishment, race, racism, reparations, responsibility, rights, secession, and terrorism.  He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these and other topics and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Academic EthicsSport, Ethics, and Philosophy; and the Journal of Ethics.

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