The History of Political Correctness

By Jim Stockton.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Past scholarship on the “history of political correctness” has almost entirely been cast in the present tense. Most academic studies of the phenomena have collectively argued that a PC mentality popped up sometime during the 1980s; primarily as a response to the conservative social politics of the decade. Others have suggested that initial PC sentiments can be found in the 1960s, but, likewise, they too argue as if PC is particular to the last two generations. In my latest review of political correctness, I part ways with the established scholarship of the past, and argue that political correctness is an ideology onto itself that has always been a part of the human experience. Not only are there PC consistencies that cut across the historical time-line, but such historically consistent occurrences are much more closely associated with the virtuous universals of political theory and argument than have been previously recognized. Furthermore, many historical examples of social consciousness, especially so during times of conflict, are closely associated with, if not actually held together by, an identifiable set of PC perspectives. To make my point, I will offer a brief analysis on the nature of political correctness, and then draw upon several historical examples that accentuate and epitomize the PC ideology.

Keywords: Political Ideology, Political Philosophy, Political Correctness, Political and Media Ethics

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 12, pp.159-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 455.244KB).

Prof. Jim Stockton

Special Lecturer, Philosophy, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

Holding an M.A. in both Philosophy and English, my interests go back and forth between traditional analysis and popular medium. I am currently working on a book length examination on the history of political correctness.


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