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Courting the abyss : free speech and the liberal tradition

Author: John Durham Peters
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2020. ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Courting the Abyss updates the philosophy of free expression for a world that is very different from the one in which it originated. The notion that a free society should allow Klansmen, neo-Nazis, sundry extremists, and pornographers to spread their doctrines as freely as everyone else has come increasingly under fire. At the same time, in the wake of 9/11, the Right and the Left continue to wage war over the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Durham Peters
ISBN: 9780226717784 022671778X
OCLC Number: 1117624832
Description: viii, 309 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: hard-hearted liberalism --
Saint Paul's shudder --
"Evil be thou my good": Milton and abyss-redemption --
Publicity and pain --
Homeopathic machismo in free speech theory --
Social science as public communication --
"Watch, therefore": suffering and the informed citizen --
"Meekness as a dangerous activity": witnessing as participation --
Conclusion: responsibility to things that are not.
Responsibility: John Durham Peters.

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Courting the Abyss updates the philosophy of free expression for a world that is very different from the one in which it originated. The notion that a free society should allow Klansmen, neo-Nazis, sundry extremists, and pornographers to spread their doctrines as freely as everyone else has come increasingly under fire. At the same time, in the wake of 9/11, the Right and the Left continue to wage war over the utility of an absolute vision of free speech in a time of increased national security. Courting the Abyss revisits the tangled history of free speech, finding resolutions.

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