The Tolerant Society

Oxford University Press, 1988 - 295 páginas
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In The Tolerant Society, Bollinger offers a masterful critique of the major theories of freedom of expression, and offers an alternative explanation. Traditional justifications for protecting extremist speech have turned largely on the inherent value of self-expression, maintaining that the benefits of the free interchange of ideas include the greater likelihood of serving truth and of promoting wise decisions in a democracy. Bollinger finds these theories persuasive but inadequate. Buttrressing his argument with references to the Skokie case and many other examples, as well as a careful analysis of the primary literature on free speech, he contends that the real value of toleration of extremist speech lies in the extraordinary self-control toward antisocial behavior that it elicits: society is stengthened by the exercise of tolerance, he maintains. The problem of finding an appropriate response -- especially when emotions make measured response difficult -- is common to all social interaction, Bollinger points out, and there are useful lesons to be learned from withholding punishment even for what is conceded to be bad behavior.

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The tolerant society: freedom of speech and extremist speech in America

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Bollinger, in this study of the First Amendment, examines some old chest nuts, such as the social and legal implications of the freedom of speech guarantee; the fragile, frequently tense majority rule ... Leer comentario completo


1 Enslaved to Freedom?
2 The Classical Model and Its Limits
3 The Fortress Model and Its Limits
4 The Quest for the Tolerant Mind
5 The Internal Dialectic of Tolerance
6 Drawing Lines and the Virtues of Ambiguity
7 Searching for the Right Voice
8 An Agenda for the General Tolerance Theory
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Lee C. Bollinger is at University of Michigan Law School.

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