Free and/or Safe Speech in Postmodern Times — upcoming talk in New York

I’ll be speaking at St. John’s University on March 27. My topic is “Safe and/or Free Speech in Postmodern Times.”

Abstract: The liberal case for free speech won out in the modern world — but it has been challenged strongly, not only by traditional conservatives but also by the postmodern left. Hate speech, micro-aggressions, safe spaces, speech codes, mandated pronouns, trigger warnings, and restricted reading lists are contested vigorously — but our current debates depend on groundwork developed by philosophers across several generations. In this lecture, Stephen Hicks discusses the philosophical arguments of speech-control advocates and responds with an updated liberal case for free speech.​

Thanks very much to Professor Douglas Rasmussen for the invitation.

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