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Free Speech and Human Dignity / Edition 1
     

Free Speech and Human Dignity / Edition 1

by Steven J. Heyman
 

ISBN-10: 0300114869

ISBN-13: 9780300114867

Pub. Date: 05/20/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Debates over hate speech, pornography, and other sorts of controversial speech raise issues that go to the core of the First Amendment. Supporters of regulation argue that these forms of expression cause serious injury to individuals and groups, assaulting their dignity as human beings and citizens. Civil libertarians respond that our commitment to free speech is

Overview

Debates over hate speech, pornography, and other sorts of controversial speech raise issues that go to the core of the First Amendment. Supporters of regulation argue that these forms of expression cause serious injury to individuals and groups, assaulting their dignity as human beings and citizens. Civil libertarians respond that our commitment to free speech is measured by our willingness to protect it, even when it causes harm or offends our deepest values.

In this important book, Steven J. Heyman presents a theory of the First Amendment that seeks to overcome the conflict between free speech and human dignity. This liberal humanist theory recognizes a strong right to freedom of expression while also providing protection against the most serious forms of assaultive speech. Heyman then uses the theory to illuminate a wide range of contemporary disputes, from flag burning and antiabortion demonstrations to pornography and hate speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300114867
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction     1
History
Free Speech and the Natural Rights Tradition     7
The Transformation of Free Speech Jurisprudence     23
A Rights-Based Theory of the First Amendment
The Basic Approach     37
Free Speech in a Framework of Rights     47
Conflicts of Rights     69
Content Neutrality and the First Amendment     81
Contemporary Controversies
Subversive Speech     103
Speech and Violence     127
Speech and Privacy     149
Hate Speech     164
Pornography     184
Conclusion     206
An Overview of Free Speech and Other Rights     208
Notes     211
Index     291

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