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[In this introductory chapter, I describe how the so-called ‘civility’ wars of recent years have called into question existing understandings of free speech in both public consciousness and political theory. Conflicts over the appropriate bounds of expression, from instances of hate speech and...
[This chapter argues that debates surrounding free speech have been dominated by a focus on a negative, non-interference conception of freedom in our speech relations. This non-interference paradigm obscures the way in which unjust social hierarchies limit the voices of certain individuals on...
[In this chapter, I consider several key responses to harmful speech found in the recent liberal theory literature. I first examine Jeremy Waldron’s important work The Harm in Hate Speech. As a response to the prevailing non-interference approach to free speech, Waldron clearly articulates the...
[This chapter proposes a critical republican response to harmful speech. The neo-republican revival, as a theory concerned with protecting the non-dominated status of individuals, proves to be an effective alternative to the non-interference framing of speech. After discussing some of the main...
[This chapter argues that many ‘conflicts’ over free speech are really the result of a clash over ‘normative authority’, understood as a struggle for recognition. I first discuss the influential works of three key recognition theorists: Charles Taylor, Axel Honneth, and Stephen Darwall, taking...
[This chapter brings together the findings of the preceding five chapters to present the positive account of critical civility. Here, critical civility is described as an overarching value concept towards which individuals and institutions must aim in order to uphold the free and equal status of...
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