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Author Levin, Abigail
Title The cost of free speech [electronic resource] : pornography, hate speech and their challenge to liberalism / by Abigail Levin
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Descript p
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Harm, Equality, and the Common Interest -- Equality, Liberty, and Hard Cases -- Equality, Liberty, and Hard Cases: A Contemporary View -- Power and Politics: Speech Acts and Freedom of Expression -- Censorship and Silencing -- The Liberal State Reconceived: Advocacy and Jurisprudence in the Service of Equality -- The Courts and the Constitution: HateSpeech and Pornography in the U.S., Canada, and Europe -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Relevant Sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- Appendix B: Relevant Sections of the Bill of Rights of the United States
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Sep. 27, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions
The proliferation of pornography and hate speech in contemporary democratic cultures threatens the liberal ideal of a marketplace of ideas,unhampered by state regulation of speech. Pornographicand hate speech, because it threatens to silence the competing speech of women and minorities, callsinto question the liberal orthodoxies of state neutrality about the content of speech, as well as the traditional primacy of the value of liberty over the value of equality. By drawing on a broad range of philosophical traditions - from classical and contemporary liberalism, to Continental philosophy, speech act theory, critical race theory, feminism, and philosophy of law. The Cost of Free Speech argues that how courts resolve freedom of expression cases involving pornography or hate speech reveals more about the power of state speech to potentially oppress women and minorities than it doesabout the power of pornography and hate speech themselves. Once the liberal state becomes aware of the power of its own speech, the values of neutrality and liberty recede and the value of equality emerges as the true goal of liberalism
Link Print version: Levin, Abigail. Cost of free speech. Basingstoke :Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 9780230237681 (OCoLC)613433828
Subject Freedom of speech
Hate speech
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