6 hours total | 4 sessions, beginning November 21, 2022
Learn the crucial importance of freedom of speech and how to defend it on principle against assaults on this vital right.
Freedom of speech is the bedrock of a free society. But it is threatened across the globe—both by those who attack it openly and by those who cannot defend it properly.
What is the conventional justification of free speech? What is its proper justification and grounding? How does today’s legal system deal with questions about free speech? What are the most dangerous misunderstandings and distortions surrounding it? Why do so-called “Progressives,” conservatives, and even some libertarians attack or fail to consistently defend it?
Dr. Eric Daniels—professor in the Lyceum Scholars Program and assistant director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism—will examine and explore these questions with a focus on arming you with principles and arguments necessary to be an effective advocate for free speech.
You will learn:
- the moral and philosophic case for the right to freedom of speech
- how to identify plausible but mistaken justifications for free speech
- how to clarify confusions about “censorship,” “symbolic speech,” and “hate speech”
- major arguments against free speech today and how to address them in principled terms
- the inconsistencies in the American legal system for protecting free speech and their underlying causes.
If you want to understand why free speech is essential to human life and how to protect it on principle, this course is for you.