An Ecological Theory of Free Expression

  • Gary Chartier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 143-149

About this book


This book advances a comprehensive moral defense of freedom of expression—one with implications for law and policy, but also for the choices of individuals and non-governmental institutions. Gary Chartier seeks to ground expressive freedom in mutually supportive concerns related to themes including property, autonomy, flourishing, and discovery, while seeking to tightly cabin the range of potential injuries that might trigger legal liability for expressive activity. Chartier argues suggestively for an understanding of expressive freedom as rooted and realized in a complex set of social ecosystems that merit protection on multiple grounds and applies it provocatively to a range of contemporary issues.


free speech freedom first ammendment obscenity harm principle

Authors and affiliations

  • Gary Chartier
    • 1
  1. 1.Tom and Vi Zapara School of BusinessLa Sierra UniversityRiversideUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75270-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75271-6
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