Res Publica

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 9–28 | Cite as

Should We Tolerate Holocaust Denial?

  • Catriona Mckinnon


Holocaust denial (HD) is the activity of denying the occurrence of key events and processes which constitute the Holocaust. Should it be tolerated? HD brings into particularly sharp focus many difficult questions faced by defenders of content-neutral liberal principles protecting freedom of expression. I argue that there are insufficient grounds for the legal prohibition of HD, but that society has the right and the duty to expel and exclude deniers from the Academy.


academic freedom freedom of expression harm and offence Holocaust denial liberalism toleration 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of ReadingWhiteknights, ReadingUK

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