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Law as Counterspeech

Da Silva, A; Simpson, RM; (2022) Law as Counterspeech. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10.1007/s10677-022-10335-3. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

A growing body of work in free speech theory is interested in the nature of counterspeech, i.e. speech that aims to counteract the effects of harmful speech. Counterspeech is usually defined in opposition to legal responses to harmful speech, which try to prevent such speech from occurring in the first place. In this paper we challenge this way of carving up the conceptual terrain. Instead, we argue that our main classificatory division, in theorising responses to harmful speech, should be between pro-discursive and anti-discursive responses. Some legal responses to harmful speech, so we argue, make a positive discursive contribution in their own right. That is, legal restrictions on harmful speech can have a function that is importantly similar to speech that aims at countering the effects of harmful speech.

Type: Article
Title: Law as Counterspeech
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10677-022-10335-3
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-022-10335-3
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160290
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