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The Tolerant Society : Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America - Lee C. Bollinger

The Tolerant Society

Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America

Paperback Published: 24th March 1988
ISBN: 9780195054309
Number Of Pages: 308

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Bollinger provides a masterful critique of the major theories of freedom of expression, finding these theories persuasive but inadequate. Buttressing his argument with references to the Skokie case and many other examples, as well as a careful analysis of the primary literature on free speech, he contends that the real value of toleration of extremist speech lies in the extraordinary self-control toward antisocial behavior that it elicits: society is strengthened by the exercise of tolerance.

"Very nice overview."--John Peters, University of Iowa "Challenging and thought provoking. Ideal collateral reading."--Joseph E. Schuster, Eastern Washington University "A welcome addition to the literature on the first amendment."--D. Grier Stephenson, Jr., Franklin and Marshall College "A novel and imaginative perspective on the role of freedom of speech in our society."--New York Times Book Review "Elegantly written....Rich in perceptive observations. The analysis is balanced and never hackneyed....As interesting on the third reading as on the first."--Columbia Law Review "Very nice overview."--John Peters, University of Iowa "Challenging and thought provoking. Ideal collateral reading."--Joseph E. Schuster, Eastern Washington University "A welcome addition to the literature on the first amendment."--D. Grier Stephenson, Jr., Franklin and Marshall College "A novel and imaginative perspective on the role of freedom of speech in our society."--New York Times Book Review "Elegantly written....Rich in perceptive observations. The analysis is balanced and never hackneyed....As interesting on the third reading as on the first."--Columbia Law Review "A distinctive and attractive argument that deserves to figure prominently in all future deliberations on the subject."--Political Theory "Thoughtful, provocative, and well worth reading."--Ethics "Bollinger has made a valuable contribution to free speech theory by reexamining the fundamental bases on which freedom of expression rests."--Michigan Law Review "Continually asking bold, disquieting questions, Bollinger's study is analytic, syncretic, and reaffirmative: legal history at its best."--Library Journal "Very occasionally a book is published that takes an entirely new approach to an old topic. Lee Bollinger has written such a book about freedom of expression....A very stimulating book, which offers a new look at First Amendment theory. All students and teachers of freedom of speech will find it challenging.--Quarterly Journal of Speech "An important book, The Tolerant Society is comprised of eight essays that explore a broad question: How can the modern concept of freedom of speech be defended without relying on outmoded ideas of the past? This could be the opening salvo in an intellectual battle continuing well into the next century."--Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom "Reading The Tolerant Society is like participating in an excellent conversation. The book does not lecture or posture or browbeat. It engages the reader in a common endeavor, a calm but insistent inquiry, into a troubling and important problem. The best of faith is assumed, and even the most ominous possibilities are raised carefully and moderately. As can happen with a prolonged and illuminating conversation, only gradually does the reader recognise the force in the encounter."--California Law Review "Professor Bollinger has written a challenging and original reappraisal of the significance of the first amendment and its interpretation."--International and Comparative Law Quarterly

ISBN: 9780195054309
ISBN-10: 019505430X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 24th March 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.12 x 13.16  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.4