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Kirtland Community College Library JC 591 .W37 2009 30775305479637 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780199232352
  • ISBN: 0199232350
  • Physical Description: print
    115 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
  • Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 105-107) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface -- List of illustrations -- 1: Free speech -- 2: Free market in Ideas? -- 3: Giving and taking offence -- 4: Censoring pornography -- 5: Free speech in the age of the internet -- Conclusion: Future of free speech -- Free speech: some key dates -- References -- Further reading -- Index.
Summary, etc.: From the Publisher: Voltaire's comment-"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"-is frequently quoted by defenders of free speech. Yet it is rare to find someone prepared to defend all freedom of speech, especially if the views expressed are obnoxious or obviously false. So where do we draw the line? How important is our right to freedom of speech? In this accessible and up-to-date Very Short Introduction, Nigel Warburton covers a wide range of controversial free-speech issues, from Holocaust denial and pornography to the status of modern copyright law. The book offers a concise guide to many of the vexing issues concerning our right to speak freely, including: Should a civilized society set limits on freedom of speech? How can we balance free speech with the sensitivities of religious and minority groups? How have digital technology and the Internet changed the debate?
Subject: Freedom of speech
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