The Difficult Case of Charlie Hebdo: Hate Speech, Free Speech

This article raises a cluster of tough issues at the intersection of philosophy of language and value theory:

Should we so stridently defend “free expression” rights for hateful cartoons?

Could we defend the hateful cartoons while prohibiting extremists on the right proclaiming ‘Get Muslims out of France by any means necessary’?

How would one go about banning the latter while allowing fair comment on the relationship between religious beliefs and violence?


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