Fridays, September 29 - October 20, 2017
Zephyr Institute

What is Free Speech?

Four sessions on free speech with Molly Oshatz, Ph.D.

Time & Location

Fridays, September 29 - October 20, 2017
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

Description

Free speech has become the campus issue of our day. In the 1960s, student radicals protested to gain free speech; today, student radicals on various campuses protest—often violently—to shut down speech on political grounds. How is it that free speech has become so controversial? Is it worth defending? Are there valid limits to free speech, and if so, what are they? Is free speech essential to the purpose of the university? With readings from John Stuart Mill, Catherine MacKinnon, Stanley Fish, and John Henry Newman, this seminar will explore the meaning, value, and purpose of free speech, particularly for the university.

 

9/29/2017:

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

Chapter 2, “On The Liberty of Thought and Discussion," pages 18-34, 49-52

 

10/6/2017:

Catharine MacKinnon, Only Words (Harvard University Press, 1993)

Chapter 3, “Equality and Speech,” pages 70-110

 

10/13/2017:

Stanley Fish, There is No Such Thing as Free Speech and It’s a Good Thing, Too (Oxford University Press, 1994) 

Chapter 8, pages 102-119

 

10/20/2017:

John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University (1852) 

Discourse V, “Knowledge Its Own End,” sections 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 

Discourse VI, “Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learning,” sections 5, 6 

Discourse VII, “Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Professional Skill,” sections 1, 2, 5, 6 

Speaker

 MOLLY OSHATZ

MOLLY OSHATZ

Senior Fellow & Director of High School Programs, Center for the Study of First Principles

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