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Free Speech: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and More

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Free Speech: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and More
1st Edition
Institute for Humane Studies
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Introduction
Front Matter

Free Speech: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and More

 

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Chapter One
Why Should We Care About Free Speech?

Figure 1.1: "Freedom of Speech: Is Offensive Speech Good For Society?" by the Institute for Humane Studies

Description

Professor Tom W. Bell of Chapman University argues that freedom of expression is important because it allows people to voice unpopular and controversial opinions.

Discussion Questions

Do you believe that counter demonstrations will be strong and responsive enough?

Why does Professor Bell argue against censoring offensive speech?

  • a. All opinions equally valid.
  • b. Free speech is a God-given right.
  • c. Speech that authorities once tried to censor has contributed immeasurably to our culture.
  • d. The First Amendment requires that the government promote all kinds of speech equally.

Solution: c. Speech that authorities once tried to censor has contributed immeasurably to our culture.

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