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Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination
     

Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination

by Alex Brown
 

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Hate speech prohibitions are increasingly common in the legal systems of liberal societies and stimulate heated debate among defenders of free speech traditions and defenders of the rights of vulnerable groups alike. The literature on hate speech prohibitions is vast but hitherto unconnected in its subject matter, interests, questions and putative answers. This

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Hate speech prohibitions are increasingly common in the legal systems of liberal societies and stimulate heated debate among defenders of free speech traditions and defenders of the rights of vulnerable groups alike. The literature on hate speech prohibitions is vast but hitherto unconnected in its subject matter, interests, questions and putative answers. This book will take a long-overdue multidisciplinary approach to the subject bringing together legal, political, social and philosophical lines of analysis and argument. More specifically, the book aims to fill the following gaps in the literature. Insufficient work has been done to compare the social and political contexts of hate speech prohibitions in different countries, to consider the similarities and differences that may justify protection for some groups but not others, and the question of how best to regulate hate speech in new forms of media/communication.

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"The book covers an enormous amount of ground, and Brown culls huge literatures in assembling this vast array of principled arguments both for and against hate speech regulation. Theorists from an array of fields and viewpoints are brought into direct contact with one another and separate but related literatures are here helpfully united. In this way, his book does a real service to the discussion and will be an indispensable contribution to illuminating the vast array of regulations, relevant principles, arguments and types of hate speech."Mary Kate McGowan, Wellesley College in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415885478
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/18/2015
Series:
Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Series
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Alex Brown is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.

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