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The Value and Limits of Academic Speech: Philosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives

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2018.10.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Donald Alexander Downs and Chris W. Surprenant (eds.), The Value and Limits of Academic Speech: Philosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives, Routledge, 2018, 357pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138479890. Reviewed by Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law In 1950 the great American judge, Learned Hand, opined in a free speech case that the interest, which the [First Amendment] guards, and which gives it its importance, presupposes that there are no orthodoxies -- religious, political, economic, or scientific -- which are immune from debate and dispute. Back of that is the assumption -- itself an orthodoxy, and the one permissible exception -- that truth will be most likely to emerge, if no limitations are imposed on utterances that can with any plausibility be regarded as efforts to present grounds for accepting or rejecting propositions whose truth the utterer asserts, or denies.. . .

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