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The Scope of Tolerance

Studies on the Costs of Free Expression and Freedom of the Press

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The Scope of Tolerance by Raphael Cohen-Almagor
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A new and stimulating assessment of the risks and limits of contemporary democracy. One of the dangers in any political system is that the principles that underlie and characterize it may, through their application, bring about its destruction. Liberal democracy is no exception. Moreover, because democracy is a relatively young phenomenon, it lacks experience in dealing with the pitfalls involved in the working of the system - the "catch" of democracy. "The Scope of Tolerance" is an interdisciplinary study concerned with the limits of tolerance, this "democratic catch", and the costs of freedom of expression. Rights are costly, and someone must pay for them. We can and should ask about the justification for bearing the costs, weighing them against the harms inflicted upon society as a result of a wide scope of tolerance. While recognizing that we have the need to express ourselves, we should also inquire about the justifications for tolerating the damaging speech and whether these are weighty enough. This book combines theory and practice, examining issues of contention from philosophical, legal and media perspectives and covers such issues as: - media invasion into one's privacy - offensive speech - incitement - hate speech - Holocaust denial - media coverage of terrorism This book is essential reading for anyone who has research interests in political theory, extremism, and free speech. Raphael Cohen-Almagor teaches at the Department of Communication, and Library and Information Studies at the University of Haifa and is the Director of the Centre for Democratic Studies.

Author Biography

University of Haifa, Israel
Release date NZ
September 19th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
240
Dimensions
156x234x16
ISBN-13
9780415357586
Product ID
1683082

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