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A Language Ethicist in a Complex World

The capacities for moral reasoning and language are perhaps humanity’s two most distinctive characteristics. In the interface between the two there exists a rich and highly complex network of fields, topics and issues, ranging from the identity politics of multilingual societies and the communicative dynamics of political life, to the linguistic encoding, expression and transformation of political ethics. This complex interface between moral, political and linguistic agency is the main focus of my work, interests and expertise. Alongside my work in the normative and applied ethics of language, I am also interested in the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity in the social sciences and humanities, and in the application of complexity theory (particularly complex adaptive systems) to public policy research.

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