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Freedom of Expression as Self-Restraint

Matthew H. Kramer


Freedom of Expression as Self-Restraint rigorously expounds the principle of freedom of expression, and provides a novel justificatory foundation for it. Under that principle, a system of governance in any society can legitimately prohibit various modes of communication but cannot ever legitimately prohibit them qua modes of communication. As the book argues, such a principle is absolute in that it is exceptionless; it imposes general duties that are binding always and everywhere on every system of governance. In addition to injecting a new level of philosophical sophistication into the debate ... More

Keywords: freedom of expression, freedom of speech, free speech, First Amendment, liberalism, liberal democracy, pornography, feminism, hate speech, self-respect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198868651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198868651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge