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Censorship and Free Speech

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P.G. IngramSchool of Law, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland

ISBN13: 9780754621270
ISBN: 0754621278
Published: August 2001
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

A selective view of the relationship of censorship and free speech to the individual and society. The author does not take for granted that censorship is wrong, but equally what he has written is in no way an apology for censorship. He offers no solution to the problem of the proper extent of censorship in a society. Instead, he hopes to show that censorship, and more widely, other restrictions on freedom, cannot be considered in a self-contained way but have implications of which the advocate of unrestricted freedom for the individual in matters of opinion seems surprisingly unaware.

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Part 1 Preliminaries: a definition of censorship; forms and methods; three aspects of free speech; areas of restriction; justifications; unity of purpose.
Part 2 Criticisms of censorship: the needs of truth; the arbitrary and capricious nature of censorship; paternalism, interference and human dignity; the social benefits of free speech.
Part 3 Philosophical connections: the restrictions of education; equality and paternalism; the adult's claim to free speech; free speech as an absolute right; freedom of expression and freedom of thought; free speech as a guarantee of other freedoms; free speech and the human spirit; free speech and rationality; censorship and privacy.
Part 4 Social order: the necessary limits to free speech; individual and society; the needs of social order; the enduring presence of restrictions; censorship in society.