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Taking Free Speech Seriously

Alan Haworth outlines the philosophical issues surrounding freedom of speech

Alleged threats to freedom of speech are rarely out of the news. But what is ‘free speech’ exactly, and with what arguments can the right to free speech be defended? These are questions for philosophers to answer. If we fail to take them seriously – to think about them in a systematic way – we run the risk of losing any liberty of speech we now have. In this presentation , and upon the way recent events appear when viewed from a philosopher’s perspective.

Alan Haworth taught philosophy at London Metropolitan University and is a member of the Humanist Philosopher's Group. His books include Free Speech (Routledge 1998) and Understanding the Political Philosophers: From Ancient to Modern Times (Routledge 2004).


Dr Alan Haworth | talks


Date and Time:

30 October 2011 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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