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Freedom of Speech and Its Limits : Law and Philosophy Library - Wojciech Sadurski

Freedom of Speech and Its Limits

Law and Philosophy Library

Paperback Published: 2001
ISBN: 9781402002816
Number Of Pages: 240

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Freedom of speech is important but not absolute. Nearly everyone agree that law should prevent harm, even when that harm is inflicted through words. But how can we reconcile this with the value of freedom of expression? This book offers a principled approach to this vexed problem. Since the contents and the limits of freedom of speech are informed by its moral and political rationales, the discussion begins by considering the main philosophical arguments usually supplied for elevating freedom of speech above other social values. It then develops a framework for analyzing the relationship between speech and harm, and discusses the idea that legal restrictions on speech should be viewpoint-neutral. The book also examines the notion that speech restrictions may be a useful way of both equalizing expressive opportunities in society and remedying discrimination produced through speech acts. Various theoretical threads of the book are then drawn together to culminate in a discussion of one of the most controversial questions confronting modern democratic societies: should racially vilifying speech (hate speech) be prohibited by law? The book is addressed to philosophers of law, political theorists, constitutional lawyers and everyone interested in protecting civil rights.

Prefacep. 1
Justifications of Freedom of Speechp. 7
Speech and Harmp. 37
Speech and Equalityp. 73
Discrimination and Illocutionary Actsp. 119
Viewpoint Neutrality and its Rationalesp. 135
Racial Vilification and Freedom of Speechp. 179
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781402002816
ISBN-10: 1402002815
Series: Law and Philosophy Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.49  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Type: New edition