The Scope of Tolerance: Studies on the Costs of Free Expression and Freedom of the Press

The Scope of Tolerance: Studies on the Costs of Free Expression and Freedom of the Press

by Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Cohen-Almagor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415357578

ISBN-13: 9780415357579

Pub. Date: 11/30/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

One of the dangers in any political system is that the principles that underlie and characterize it may, through their application, bring about its destruction. Liberal democracy is no exception. Moreover, because democracy is relatively a young phenomenon, it lacks experience in dealing with pitfalls involved in the working of the system - the ‘catch’

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Overview

One of the dangers in any political system is that the principles that underlie and characterize it may, through their application, bring about its destruction. Liberal democracy is no exception. Moreover, because democracy is relatively a young phenomenon, it lacks experience in dealing with pitfalls involved in the working of the system - the ‘catch’ of democracy.

This is an interdisciplinary study concerned with the limits of tolerance, this ‘democratic catch’, and the costs of freedom of expression. Rights are costly, and someone must pay for them. We can and should ask about the justification for bearing the costs, weighing them against the harms inflicted upon society as a result of a wide scope of tolerance. While recognizing that we have the need to express ourselves, we should also inquire about the justifications for tolerating the damaging speech and whether these are weighty enough.

This book combines theory and practice, examining issues of contention from philosophical, legal and media perspectives and covers such issues as:

  • media invasion into one’s privacy
  • offensive speech
  • incitement
  • hate speech
  • holocaust denial
  • media coverage of terrorism.

This book is essential reading for anyone who has research interests in political theory, extremism, and free speech.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415357579
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Series:
Extremism and Democracy Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The scope of tolerance and its moral reasoning15
2The right to privacy : part I35
3The right to privacy : part II57
4Offense to sensibilities : part I77
5Offense to sensibilities : part II108
6On incitement123
7Hate speech in Canada153
8The terrorists' best ally : media coverage of terror184
9The terrorists' best ally : the FLQ crisis212

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