publication . Article . 2017

Religion, hate speech and non-domination:

Bonotti, Matteo;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2017 Journal: Ethnicities, volume 17, pages 259-274 (issn: 1468-7968, eissn: 1741-2706, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
In this paper I argue that one way of explaining what is wrong with hate speech is by critically assessing what kind of freedom free speech involves and, relatedly, what kind of freedom hate speech undermines. More specifically, I argue that the main arguments for freedom of speech (e.g. from truth, from autonomy, and from democracy) rely on a “positive” conception of freedom intended as autonomy and self-mastery (Berlin, 2006), and can only partially help us to understand what is wrong with hate speech. In order to fully grasp the wrongness of hate speech and to justify hate speech legislation, I claim, we need to rely instead on the republican idea of freedom ...
free text keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Cultural Studies, Social psychology, Free speech, Sociology, Epistemology, Social science, JA
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