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Annual CPP Lecture 2015: Hate Speech and Free Speech

  • Rae Langton
Thursday 29 October 2015
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

On Thursday, 29 October 2015, we will celebrate the third anniversary of the Centre for Political Philosophy at Leiden. The CCP is pleased to announce that the anniversary lecture of this year will be given by Professor Rae Langton (University of Cambridge).

The 2015 annual CPP lecture is entitled: 

Hate Speech and Free Speech

All are welcome!

Does free speech mean freedom of hate speech? It depends on the point of free speech, and what hate speech does. Milton urged us to let Truth and Falsehood grapple, for Truth will never be 'put to the worse, in a free and open encounter’—bad speech should be fought with good speech, and truth will win. But hate speech presents structural constraints on a speaker's capacity to fight back. These limits partly silence the targets of hate speech, illustrated in the dynamics of slurs, epithets, and generic speech acts, which promote hate and stereotype the hated. We need a deeper vision of what free speech requires.

Professor Rae Langton

Professor Rae Langton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow at Newnham College. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rae Langton has published on history of philosophy (especially Kant), ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. In particular, she is known for her work on questions about the ethics of pornography. She is the author of Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification (Oxford, 2009) and Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves (Oxford, 1998)

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