Free Speech and Human Dignity

May 20, 2008|
Free Speech and Human Dignity by Steven J. Heyman
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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 Dignity
Product dimensions:320 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1 in
Published:May 20, 2008
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300114867

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