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Jan 23 2008
"Should hate speech be free?" / Sunday at C of C

David Benatar -

Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:00am in Arnold Hall

Should Hate Speech be Free?

Holocaust denial and other anti-Semitic speech is illegal in some countries. There is also discussion on many campuses about restricting hate speech, since it is viewed as interfering with the fabric of community inquiry. Some people think that the prohibition on such speech should be adopted more widely. In this talk David Benatar examines the arguments both for this position and for the opposing view that hate speech should not be prohibited. He defends the liberal view, which permits immoral and hateful speech, against the more restrictive view, which does not.

David Benatar is Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was a professor at the College of Charleston prior to returning to his native South Africa. He writes widely on contemporary issues in morality and has spoken frequently at the College of Charleston. He is the author of Better Never to Have Been.

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