Free Speech and Human Dignity

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Mai 2008



Debates over hate speech, pornography, and other sorts of controversial speech raise issues that go to the core of the First Amendment. Supporters of regulation argue that these forms of expression cause serious injury to individuals and groups, assaulting their dignity as human beings and citizens. Civil libertarians respond that our commitment to free speech is measured by our willingness to protect it, even when it causes harm or offends our deepest values. In this important book, Steven J. Heyman presents a theory of the First Amendment that seeks to overcome the conflict between free speech and human dignity. This liberal humanist theory recognizes a strong right to freedom of expression while also providing protection against the most serious forms of assaultive speech. Heyman then uses the theory to illuminate a wide range of contemporary disputes, from flag burning and antiabortion demonstrations to pornography and hate speech.


Steven J. Heyman is professor of law, Chicago-Kent College of Law.


"In "Free Speech and Human Dignity, " Steve Heyman""shows us the original understanding of the First Amendment guarantees of free speech, thought, and worship as a part of a broad array of natural rights including dignity, personal security, personality, and community. This important book gives us a fresh interpretation of the First Amendment that is both liberal and humanist and leaves the reader with a far deeper appreciation of the natural rights tradition at its heart."--Robin West, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
--Robin West
EAN: 9780300114867
ISBN: 0300114869
Untertitel: black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Yale University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2008
Seitenanzahl: 318 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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