- John Horton
- … show all 1 hide
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
This article seeks to explore the conceptual structure and moral standing of an idea that has received almost no attention from analytical philosophers: self-censorship. It is argued that at the heart of the concept is a tension between the thoughts of the self-censor as, on the one hand, the author, and on the other, the instrument, of the censorship. Which of these aspects is emphasised also importantly helps shape how self-censorship is viewed normatively. Focusing on authorship tends to lead to seeing self-censorship as more akin to a freely chosen act of self-restraint, while focusing on the self-censor as instrument presents it as one specific form of ordinary censorship. It is the tension between these two aspects that accounts for the moral ambivalence that is often felt towards the practice of self-censorship.
- Baldwin, Thomas. 1984. MacCallum and the two concepts of freedom. Ratio 26(2): 125–142.
- Bok, Sissela. 1995. Self-deception. In The Oxford companion to philosophy, ed. Ted Honderich, 818–819. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Gaus, Gerald. 2000. Political concepts and political theories. Oxford: Westview Press.
- Haworth, Alan. 1998. Free speech. London: Routledge.
- Horton, John (ed.). 1993. Liberalism, multiculturalism and toleration. London: Macmillan.
- Jackson, Frank. 1998. From metaphysics to ethics: A defence of conceptual analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Lee, Simon. 1990. The costs of free speech. London: Faber and Faber.
- MacCallum, Gerald. 2006. Negative and positive freedom. In The liberty reader, ed. David Miller, 100–123. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Mele, Alfred. 2001. Self-deception unmasked. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Rawls, John. 1997. The idea of public reason revisited. University of Chicago Law Review 64(3): 765–807. CrossRef
- Raz, Joseph. 1994. Ethics in the public domain: Essays in the morality of law and politics. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- Strauss, Leo. 1988. Persecution and the art of writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Taylor, Charles. 1979. What’s wrong with negative liberty. In The idea of freedom, ed. Alan Ryan, 175–193. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Volume 17, Issue 1 , pp 91-106
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Springer Netherlands
- Additional Links
- Freedom of expression
- John Horton (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK