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Political Liberalism and Reasonable Free Expression

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Author(s): Long G

Editor(s): Newey G

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Freedom of Expression: Counting the Costs

Year: 2007

Pages: 144-168

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press

Place Published: Newcastle

Notes: This paper offers an original defence of the value of free speech - and its limitations - grounded in what has been termed 'political liberalism'. It argues that standards of moral and epistemic reasonableness (as outlined by thinkers such as Rawls and Larmore) support unlimited reasonable speech. Where speech becomes unreasonable in either of these two regards, state intervention can be considered, and the paper discusses the legitimacy of available state responses. The significance of this argument is twofold. First, it advances a novel general argument for free speech, and a distinctive account of its limits. Second, it develops such a position as a response to gaps in existing 'political liberal' scholarship, and in so doing highlights the interconnection between central aspects (political liberty, social justice, state legitimacy) of the political liberal project. (c. 9000 words)

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ISBN: 9781847183606