Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Fascinating Book Review on Free Speech

Not that I reject the arguments for free speech, but I have found many of them to be glib - e.g. "the marketplace of ideas" and "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." The abyss-redemption argument also seems problematic, but we need to study it more.

I wonder if there have been any empirical (consequentialist) studies on free speech (Is the marketplace of ideas efficient? Do the best ideas rise to the top?) Are the familiar deontological arguments for free speech more convincing than empirical defenses?


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