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Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Inquiry

POL 494

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American law vigorously protects free speech. But many argue for greater government regulation of speech, particularly "hate speech". Social media and speech at universities present additional challenges, some of which have involved Princeton itself. And what about "cancel culture" and other social controls on speech? Are these healthy limits or stifling constraints? This course explores the justifications for protecting speech, focusing on the freedom of inquiry - the freedom to pursue knowledge and truth. It asks students to think about speech's value and its legal protection in historical perspective and today.
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