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- Free speech or equal respect?: liberalism's competing values
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Business & Law, School of Economics, Politics and Tourism
- This paper looks at liberalism as a political tradition encompassing competing and, at times, incommensurable values. It looks in particular at the potential conflict between the values of free speech and equal respect. Both of these are foundational values for liberalism, in the sense that they arise as normative ideals from the very inception of the liberal tradition itself. Yet from the perspective of this tradition, it is by no means clear which of these values should be prioritized in those instances where they come into conflict. This paper insists that the only way these two values can be meaningfully weighed against each other is if their competition can be understood within the broader framework of liberalism and democracy. Within this wider framework it is possible to find criteria which enables us to choose between these values in a non-circular manner – i.e. in ways which don’t already presuppose a commitment to the value we wish to support.
- APSA 06: Australasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2006. APSA 06 Conference Proceedings (Callaghan, NSW 25-27 September, 2006)
- University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law
- Resource Type
- conference paper