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What Snowflakes Get RightFree Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus$
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Ulrich Baer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190054199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190054199.001.0001

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A Slippery Slope, or Who Is to Draw the Line?

A Slippery Slope, or Who Is to Draw the Line?

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(p.132) 6 A Slippery Slope, or Who Is to Draw the Line?
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What Snowflakes Get Right
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Ulrich Baer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190054199.003.0006

Is there reason to fear that any regulation of speech, which our laws have always recognized, will lead to the suppression of voices we currently like? Is the cost of having free speech the toleration of hate speech? This chapter relies on leading legal scholars to show that the slippery slope is not an argument, and that invoking it serves to shut down productive debate rather than identify a genuine risk. It is not only possible but necessary to draw a line regarding hate speech, and it is possible to define such speech.

Keywords:   Chapter, slippery slope, pseudo-science, epistemology, university politics, hate speech

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