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1st Edition

Free Speech

ISBN 9780415148054
Published October 1, 1998 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Free Speech is a philosophical treatment of a topic which is of immense importance to all of us.
Writing with great clarity, wit, and genuine concern, Alan Haworth situates the main arguments for free speech by tracing their relationship to contemporary debates in politics and political philosophy, and their historical roots to earlier controversies over religious toleration.
Free Speech will appeal to anyone with an interest in philosophy, politics and current affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Part 01 PART ONE; Section 01 I An introduction to the argument; Section 01-01-01 1.1 Mill’s argument and Mine; Section 01-01-02 1.2 The place of Mill’s argument in philosophy and in history; Section 01-01-03 1.3 What is the problem?; Section 01-01-04 1.4 Getting the story right; Section 02 II The liberty of thought and discussion; Section 02-01-01 2.1 Thought and discussion prioritised; Section 02-01-02 2.2 What is ‘thought and discussion’?; Section 02-01-03 2.3 A crack in the fabric: Mill’s ‘corn dealer’ example; Section 03 III A case study; Section 03-01-01 3.1 A German attack on applied ethics; Section 03-01-02 3.2 A short exercise in ‘deconstruction’; Section 03-01-03 3.3 A note on ‘assuming infallibility’; Section 03-01-04 3.4 Conclusion and postscript; Section 04 IV Truth and consequences; Section 04-01-01 4.1 The anti-consequentialist consensus; Section 04-01-02 4.2 The objections from integrity and negative responsibility; Section 04-01-03 4.3 Assessing the consequences; Section 04-01-04 4.4 A note on the ‘free market in ideas’; Section 05 V Consequentialism and the right to free speech; Section 05-01-01 5.1 The anti-consequentialist argument from rights; Section 05-01-02 5.2 Consequentialism: conclusions; Section 06 VI The value of truth; Section 06-01-01 6.1 The value of truth and the threat of relativism; Section 06-01-02 6.2 Value relativism: truth and the good society; Section 06-01-03 6.3 Value relativism: whose vision?; Section 06-01-04 6.4 Epistemic relativism: the ‘true believer’; Section 06-01-05 6.5 An appeal to science; Section 06-01-06 6.6 Epistemic relativism: Rorty’s revisionist liberalism; Section 06-01-07 6.7 Conclusion: are we trapped in a house of mirrors?; Section 07 VII Areopagitica’s aftermath; Section 07-01-01 7.1 ‘One discussion more’; Section 07-01-02 7.2 Parallels and perspective; Section 07-01-03 7.3 Patterns of repression; Section 07-01-04 7.4 Conclusion: the lie of the land; postscript Postscript to Part One: taking stock of the classic defence; Part 02 PART TWO; Section 08 VIII Contract and convention; Section 08-01-01 8.1 Contract and convention: ‘literal’ contractualism; Section 08-01-02 8.2 ‘Conventionalist’ contractualism; Section 08-01-03 8.3 Some interim conclusions; Section 08-01-04 8.4 Contractualism and value relativism; Section 08-01-05 8.5 Conclusion: contractualism and rights; Section 09 IX From the contract to free speech?; Section 09-01-01 9.1 Free speech as a ‘basic liberty’; Section 09-01-02 9.2 Free speech and democracy; Section 09-01-03 9.3 Free speech and liberty of conscience; Section 09-01-04 9.4 From the contract to free speech?; Section 09-01-05 9.5 Contractualism since 1972; Section 10 X Concerning toleration; Section 10-01-01 10.1 Locke’s argument from ‘just bounds’; Section 10-01-02 10.2 Toleration as a model for free speech; Section 10-01-03 10.3 Locke’s argument: conclusions; Section 10-01-04 10.4 The contractualist approach: taking stock; Section 11 XI Conclusions and prospects; Section 11-01-01 11.1 Conclusions; Section 11-01-02 11.2 Prospects; appendix Appendix: Milton and Mill: a comparison of extracts; Notes; References; Index;

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'A very important contribution indeed. It is refreshingly undogmatic ... It also helps that Haworth writes in a clear, congenial style.' - Susan Brison, Mind