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Free Speech in an Open Society

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This grand tour of First Amendment law underlines the intimate connection between free expression and democratic values as it leads us through the most treacherous and emotionally charged cases in American jurisprudence. “Intellectually venturesome. . . .”—The New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 444 pages
Published July 27th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1992)
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John Nelson
Jan 09, 2016 John Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Public policy buffs who enjoy books written for the educated generalist.
Virtually everyone says they support free speech, but few know what this statement means.

Professor Rodney Smolla endeavors to provide an across-the-board discussion of what freedom of speech means in a democratic, open society such as that protected under the United States Constitution. He begins with a discussion of the philosophic underpinnings of freedom of speech.

Everyone agrees that the primary function of free speech is to protect the expression of ideas, thereby enabling the "marketplace
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Karen
May 21, 2009 Karen rated it did not like it
Theorietically, this out-of print book ahould be teaching me about the First Amendment. But it is really slanted toward the author's views.
Craig Bolton
Free Speech in an Open Society by Rodney A. Smolla (1993)
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nonfiction,political science,communications,ethics
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