1st Edition

Censorship and Free Speech Some Philosophical Bearings

By P.G. Ingram Copyright 2000
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    161 Pages
    by Routledge

    This title was first published in 2000:  While there are many philosophical studies of free speech, treating censorship historically, politically, or by the medium restricted (films, press etc.), little has been written on censorship and free speech dealing with issues philosophically and approaching them from the perspective of restrictions. This book treats censorship and free speech as a problem of ideas, examining the issues as an aspect of our wider social and political lives and critically examining mainstream arguments against censorship. This unique approach takes issue with the concept of censorship as something aberrant, to examine where the limits of free speech lie in ensuring individual development and collective harmony. Examining the possibility of accepting censorship positively to serve legitimate purposes, it will be a thought-provoking challenge to prescriptive arguments for free speech.

    Contents: Preliminaries; Criticisms of censorship; Philosophical connections; Social order; Bibliography; Index.


    Peter Ingram, Senior lecturer, School of Law, The Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The author teaches in the areas of jurisprudence, social philosophy and ethics. Degrees in philosophy from McGill and Edinburgh Universities.