PHIL 441 - Social Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361, 366, 367 OR PPE 300 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better), OR Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

American universities are in turmoil as white supremacists and other speakers spreading hate come to campus. How should the university handle hate speech? This situation is particularly troublesome for public institutions like the University of Michigan that espouse diversity, equity, and inclusion but are constrained by the First Amendment and state legislators. Being true to university values seems to require restricting—or even banning—hate speech and hateful speakers, but the law rules this out. The university is caught between a rock and a hard place. Some people argue that we should ban hate speech. But others disagree arguing that this would be bad for democracy and for vulnerable minorities. They say that the better response is to counter with anti-hate speech. Other people try to strike a balance between promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on college campuses while protecting all speech including hate speech. Reading On Liberty by John Stuart Mill along with a short history of hate speech in America will set the stage for in depth philosophical engagement with hate speech on and off campus.

PHIL 441 - Social Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780915144433
On liberty, Author: John Stuart Mill ; edited, with an introd., by Elizabeth Rapaport., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 4. print. 1978
ISBN: 9780803297517
Hate speech : the history of an American controversy, Author: Samuel Walker., Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 3. pr 1995
ISBN: 1479857831
Must We Defend Nazis?: Why the 1st Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy, Author: Delgado, Richard and Stefancic, Jean, Publisher: NYU Press REPRINT 2018
ISBN: 9780190859121
Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, Author: Strossen, Nadine, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2018
ISBN: 9780812250077
Free Speech on Campus, Author: Ben-Porath, Sigal, Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2017
ISBN: 9780691181608
Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, Author: Whittington, Keith, Publisher: Princeton University Press 2018
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