Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 15, 2009

byNigel Warburton

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Voltaire's comment - 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it' - is frequently quoted by defenders of free speech. Yet it is rare to find someone prepared to defend all freedom of speech, especially if the views expressed are obnoxious or obviouslyfalse. So where do the limits lie? How important really is our right to freedom of speech? Here, Nigel Warburton offers a concise guide to the important questions facing modern society about free speech: Should a civilized society set limits on the freedom of speech? How can we square free speech with the sensitivities of religious and minority groups? Does copyright law clash with ourright to free speech? And how have new technologies such as the Internet changed the debate?This Very Short Introduction is a thought-provoking, accessible, and up-to-date examination of the liberal assumption that free speech is worth preserving at any cost.

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Voltaire's comment - 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it' - is frequently quoted by defenders of free speech. Yet it is rare to find someone prepared to defend all freedom of speech, especially if the views expressed are obnoxious or obviouslyfalse. So where do the limits lie? How impor...

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Philosophy: the Basics (4th ed.) which has sold approximately 100,000 copies and has been translated into a dozen languages, Thinking from A to Z (2nd ed), Freedom: an Introduction with Readings, Philo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Free Speech2. A Free Market in Ideas?3. Giving and Taking Offence4. Censoring Pornography5. Free Speech in the Age of the Internet6. Conclusion: The Future of Free Speech