Freedom of Speech

[Revised entry by David van Mill on July 12, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] This entry explores the topic of free speech. It starts with a general discussion of freedom in relation to
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[Revised entry by David van Mill on July 12, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] This entry explores the topic of free speech. It starts with a general discussion of freedom in relation to speech and then moves on to examine one of the first and best defenses of free speech, based on the harm principle. This provides a useful starting point for further digressions on the subject. The discussion moves on from the harm principle to assess the argument that speech can be limited because it causes offense rather than direct harm. I then examine arguments that suggest speech can be limited for reasons of democratic equality. I...

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