Free Expression and Personal Identification


in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI:
Free Expression and Personal Identification

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The right of freedom of expression protects people's freedom to communicate in public. This chapter argues that many other interests most people have are much more valuable to them than their interest in this freedom. It examines the arguments that regard free expression as a public good. These arguments turn on the fundamental need for public validation of one's way of life, and on the need for public recognition as a way of transmitting, preserving, and developing ways of life. The entrenchment and special protection of legal rights can be a reflection of the institutionalized arrangements for settling disputes concerning them.

Keywords: freedom of expression; validation; censorship; bad speech; special protection; communication

Chapter.  12511 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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