Kant’s position on moral autonomy does not fundamentally differ from that of Thomas Paine, but he put it far less bluntly than Paine did.
Leading Nazis, such as Joseph Goebbels and Theodor Fritsch were all prosecuted by the Weimar Republic for their anti-Semitic speech.
Taking offence has never been easier, or indeed more popular: many have developed sensitivity so exquisite that it has become excessive.
We’re in a clash of ideologies. The liberal western tradition of freedom of speech (however tarnished) is anathema to fundamentalist Islam.
We need a serious debate about free speech in a globalized world in order to avoid ad hoc, short-term decisions to calm emotions.
The Cartoon Crisis, as it came to be known, spiraled into a violent fiasco as Muslims around the world erupted in protest of the images.
The widely made claim that hate speech against the Jews was a primary factor of the Holocaust has no empirical support.
Many people (including the Pope) think that if speech is left free, false views will generally be more easily adopted than true ones.
An increasingly multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious world doesn’t call for less diversity of speech, but for more.
We all think – at least most of us – that Darwin had to publish the Origin in spite of “sorrow” or “pain” or “hurt…