Political Theory

Freedom of Speech and Its Critics


This conference explored the most compelling arguments in defense of a robust sphere of free speech and the most influential arguments against it.


Conference Readings

Marcuse, Herbert., “Repressive Toleration.” In A Critique of Pure Tolerance, Boston: Beacon Press, 1965. Page(s): 81-117.

Matsuda, Mari., “Public Response to Racist Speech: Considering the Victim’s Story.” In Words That Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, Boulder: Westview Press, 1993. Page(s): 17-38 and 47-51.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Edited by Elizabeth Rapaport. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1978.

Rauch, Jonathan. Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Stephen, James Fitzjames. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Edited by Stuart D. Warner. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.