Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

Intellectual Freedom and the Culture Wars

Authors: Benn, Piers

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  • Offers a sustained and vigorous defence of free expression and objective enquiry situated in the context of the current culture wars
  • Considers objections to free speech based on certain understandings of power and privilege
  • Concludes with a rational, moral, and broadly spiritual solution to the cultural combat that monopolises present-day society
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This book offers a sustained and vigorous defence of free expression and objective enquiry situated in the context of the current culture wars. In the spirit of J. S. Mill, Benn investigates objections to the ideal of free expression in relation to harm and offence, reaching broadly liberal conclusions with reference to recent examples of attempts to curb free speech on university campuses. Accepting that some expressions can cause non-physical harm, Benn also considers objections to free speech based on certain understandings of power and privilege.

In its exploration and rejection of arguments against the possibility of obtaining objective truth, the book navigates hotly contested fields of contemporary debate, including feminism and identity politics. It challenges the dogma of social constructionism and examines current notions of identity, arguing that a case for fairness can be made without appealing to them. Offering a qualified endorsement of friendship between ideological opponents, Benn highlights common obstacles to civil and rational discussions, concluding with a rational, moral, and broadly spiritual solution to the cultural combat that monopolises present-day society.


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Piers Benn teaches Ethics at Fordham University, London Centre and was a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, UK. Previously he held Lectureships in Philosophy at the Universities of St. Andrews and Leeds, and in Medical Ethics and Law at Imperial College London. He is the author of Ethics (2000) and Commitment (2011). He is an occasional commentator for in the national media.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intellectual Freedom and the Culture Wars
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57107-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57107-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57106-1
Series ISSN
2662-6470
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 158
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