Freedom of Speech, especially on college and university campuses, has once again become a subject of intense discussion and debate. It is a particularly difficult debate because over the time in which Free Speech has been a topic of political and philosophical concern the accepted doctrines of speech have undergone many
transformations with the result that several varieties of speech doctrine coexist, each claiming allegiance to a conception of free speech often in conflict with other such conceptions. Zuckert will attempt to sort out our debate by looking at the development of the different speech doctrines and by considering the political and philosophic reasons and implications associated with the different versions of free speech doctrine.
Michael Zuckert is the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Before that, he was Kenan Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. His main scholarly work has been in the areas of early modern political philosophy, and
constitutional law and history. He has written widely in these areas. His books include Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, The Natural Rights Republic, Launching Liberalism, and Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy. He is now completing a book titled A Nation So Conceived; Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of Democratic Sovereignty.
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