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Rebecca Roache
Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London

Rebecca Roache is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of London, and currently writing a book about swearing. She lives in Oxfordshire. 

Written by Rebecca Roache

Essay/
Philosophy of language
The death of languages

Endangered languages have sentimental value, it’s true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?

Rebecca Roache

Essay/
Ethics
Honestly, it’s fine!

Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?

Rebecca Roache

Essay/
Cultures and languages
Naughty words

What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here?

Rebecca Roache