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Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition

John Durham Peters


This book 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. The book revisits the tangled history of free speech, finding resolutions to these debates hidden at the ver ... More

Keywords: free expression, Klansmen, neo-Nazis, extremists, pornographers, 9/11, free speech, national security, liberal tradition, public communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226662749
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226662756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Durham Peters, author