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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199232350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199232352
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.3 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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The genius of Nigel Warburton's Free Speech lies not only in its extraordinary clarity and incisiveness. Just as important is the way Warburton addresses freedom of speech - and attempts to stifle it - as an issue for the 21st century. More than ever, we need this book. Denis Dutton, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Crisp, clear and astute, this is a thought-provoking introduction to one of the most hotly contested questions of our time. Lisa Appignanesi, President English PEN

Crisp, clear and astute, this is a thought-provoking introduction to one of the most hotly contested questions of our time. (Lisa Appignanesi, President English PEN )

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Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Philosophy: the Basics (4th ed), Thinking from A to Z,Freedom: an Introduction with Readings, Philosophy: the Classics, The Art Question, and many more. He teaches courses on aesthetics for Tate Modern and regularly writes and broadcasts in the media on a range of topics, including running the popular Philosophy Bites podcast with David Edmonds.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2011
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Freedom of speech is considered one of the most fundamental human freedoms, especially in modern liberal democracies. It has become de facto THE litmus test of overall freedom that citizens of any society enjoy. And yet, the notion that we should have this freedom is relatively recent. The modern understanding of this freedom can more or less be traced to John Stewart Mill's "On Liberty," although there have been acknowledgements of the importance of freedom of speech that precede that work.

This very short introduction covers some of those historical developments, but most of the book is dedicated to the contemporary controversies that surround various interpretations and limitations of the freedom of speech. In particular, the book deals with the famous quote of Oliver Wendell Holmes that freedom of speech does not entail falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre and similar instances where speech can lead to physical or psychological harm. The book gives other examples of where our abstract notions of freedom of speech may collide with reality. The author is very good at appreciating the fact that the real world is very different from an academic discussion seminar, and many practical considerations oftentimes need to be taken into the account when deciding what should and should not be protected as free speech.

I find this book to be operating from a slight (perhaps unconscious) bias in its treatment of blasphemy and pornography. It seems to imply that religious and anti-religious "speech" (however one defines it) is really not categorically different from other forms of speech and ideas, while on the other hand the author is willing to concede that there is something categorically different when it comes to pornography.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DannyBoyd on 24 Sept. 2014
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I was beginning to think the entire 'A Very Short Introduction' series were good, then I came across this one! Not only badly thought out, but also badly written. On some pages it is as though two different authors have written alternate paragraphs, without looking at what the other has written.

I would note ALL of the other books I have read in this series have been by people currently eminent in their fields; to me 'Freelance Philosopher' sounds like a euphemism for unemployed. If this is the standard of the authors prose and though it surprises me none.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James M. Littlewood on 27 Jan. 2013
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It's weird how I reviewed this book on free speech and it's disappeared! This is a great book and it was written in a way that makes you think about things like porn as free speech, or even what the BNP say. Should we censor things that might be dangerous, and who decides what's right or wrong? I got this book from a friend who was at university. It's not a hard read, though, and I think everyone should read this book.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By opus on 19 April 2012
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One might have expected from a book on the subject of Free Speech a vigorous defence of the concept, but the book seems to be an apology for intolerance and the justification of persecution - not that I am suggesting that Warburton ever intended to do that, but he is an academic, and intolerance seems to be the air academia breathes of any who dare to doubt the veracity of the currently favoured orthodoxies, and this book does not fail to toe the line. An Amazon review is not the place to take to pieces every thing that is wrong with this book - life and band-width are too short. Suffice to say I think he is wrong not merely morally but frequently in the historical basis of his judgements and on almost every page.

There are in the West now, various designated Victims. One may not under any circumstance say anything critical of such groups for that is Hate Speech. The very term posits its own judgement and begs the question. There is a pecking order of these alleged victims. Criticising, all others, is not merely acceptable but indeed encouraged.

Merely apply, by way of example, Mill's corn-grower argument to Tram-Girl (not of course that any right thinking person could ever for a second even partially support her obnoxious tirade against her fellow travellers) to see how in modern Britain the very reverse of Mill's example is the case; nor of course in the case of the Muamba Tweeter could anyone suggest that anything less than two months imprisonment for a momentary and drunken lapse of taste where the man deserved to be expelled from University (only two months before his finals) was anything less than entirely justified, even though Muamba himself never saw or could have seen the obnoxious tweet.

Had I had the misfortune to be a student at a seminar given by the author on this subject I would have walked (and I trust said something pertinent before doing so) before seeking a refund.

Mill must be turning in his grave.
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