Advertisement

Harm Principle, Offence Principle, and Hate Speech

Chapter
  • 321 Downloads

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to confront the ethical question of the constraints of speech. Focus is put on the harm or the offence caused by the speech in question: can we say that sometimes the harm or the offence brought about by a certain speech constitutes such an injury that it cannot be tolerated? More specifically, under what conditions can preventing offence provide adequate reason for limiting freedom of expression?

Keywords

Free Speech Physical Harm Harmful Action Hate Speech Harm Principle 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. R. M. Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously (London: Duckworth, 1977), pp. 266–78; ‘Liberalism’, in A Matter of Principle (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), pp. 181–204.Google Scholar
  2. J. S. Mill, On Liberty (London: Dent, Everyman’s Edition, 1948), p. 114.Google Scholar
  3. Z. Chafee, Free Speech in the U.S. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1946), p. 397.Google Scholar
  4. Joel Feinberg, Offence to Others (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985), pp. 1–2.Google Scholar
  5. T. M. Scanlon, ‘Freedom of Expression and Categories of Expression’, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Vol. 40 (1979), p. 527.Google Scholar
  6. Donald Vandeveer, ‘Coercive Restraint of Offensive Actions’, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 8 (1979), p. 177.Google Scholar
  7. Robert C. Carson, James N. Butcher and Susan Mineka, Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life (New York: HarperCollins, 1996).Google Scholar
  8. R. Cohen-Almagor, The Boundaries of Liberty and Tolerance (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1994), chap. 12.Google Scholar
  9. Herbert McClosky and Alida Brill, Dimensions of Tolerance (New York: Russel Sage Foundation, 1983).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Raphael Cohen-Almagor 2001

Authors and Affiliations

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations