Free Speech and Human Dignity by Steven J. HeymanFree Speech and Human Dignity by Steven J. Heyman

Free Speech and Human Dignity

bySteven J. Heyman

Hardcover | May 20, 2008

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Debates over hate speech, pornography, and other sorts of controversial speech raise issues that go to the core of the First Amendment. Supporters of regulation argue that these forms of expression cause serious injury to individuals and groups, assaulting their dignity as human beings and citizens. Civil libertarians respond that our commitment to free speech is measured by our willingness to protect it, even when it causes harm or offends our deepest values.


In this important book, Steven J. Heyman presents a theory of the First Amendment that seeks to overcome the conflict between free speech and human dignity. This liberal humanist theory recognizes a strong right to freedom of expression while also providing protection against the most serious forms of assaultive speech. Heyman then uses the theory to illuminate a wide range of contemporary disputes, from flag burning and antiabortion demonstrations to pornography and hate speech.

Steven J. Heyman is professor of law, Chicago-Kent College of Law. He lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Title:Free Speech and Human DignityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300114869

ISBN - 13:9780300114867

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"A fascinating work demonstrating how insights from the eighteenth century may properly inform answers to pressing constitutional problems of the present."-Mark Graber, Professor of Law and Government, University of Maryland School of Law and author of Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil