Lecture_22_Hate_Speech_Arthur

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Click to edit Master subtitle style  2/5/11 Lecture 22: July 23rd, 2009 Mill: Freedom of Expression Arthur: Hate Speech
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 2/5/11 Mill “If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” (373) Mill – two reasons for holding this view: If the dissenting opinion is correct, then we lose a valuable opportunity to exchange our own incorrect views for the truth. If the dissenting opinion is incorrect, then we lose the opportunity to strengthen the views that are correct, to be confident in their correctness, etc.
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 2/5/11 The suppressed opinion may be true We are not infallible In suppressing an opinion we assume that we have the authority to decide for all mankind what is true and what is false. Suppressing an opinion is an assumption of infallibility. We are capable of recognizing that beliefs we have are mistaken. We cannot do this without discussion. We often cannot, on our own, recognize when we have beliefs that are mistaken. Facts and arguments have to be presented to us in order to
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 2/5/11 The suppressed opinion may be true We can only be confident in our judgements if we have subjected these judgements to scrutiny.
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