The Cost of Free Speech: Pornography, Hate Speech, and their Challenge to Liberalism

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byAbigail Levin

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The distinctly contemporary proliferation of pornography and hate speech poses a challenge to liberalism's traditional ideal of a 'marketplace of ideas' facilitated by state neutrality about the content of speech. This new study argues that the liberal state ought to depart from neutrality to meet this challenge.

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The distinctly contemporary proliferation of pornography and hate speech poses a challenge to liberalism's traditional ideal of a 'marketplace of ideas' facilitated by state neutrality about the content of speech. This new study argues that the liberal state ought to depart from neutrality to meet this challenge.

ABIGAIL LEVIN is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University, New York, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230237681

ISBN - 13:9780230237681

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
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: Hate Speech 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
Endnotes
Selected Bibliography
Index