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حرية التعبير : مقدمة قصيرة جداً

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غالبًا ما يستشهد أنصار حرية التعبير بمقولة فولتير الشهيرة: «أكره ما تقول، لكنني سأدافع حتى الموت عن حقك في قوله.» غير أنه قلَّما نجد شخصًا على استعداد للدفاع عن حرية التعبير بكافة صورها، خاصةً عندما تكون الآراء موضع التعبير بغيضة أو عارية تمامًا عن الصحة. أين نضع الحدَّ الفاصل إذن؟ وما مدى أهمية حقِّنا في حرية التعبير؟

في هذه المقدمة السلسة والقصيرة جدًّا، يناقش نايجل ووربي
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Paperback, 107 pages
Published 2013 by مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #200), Nigel Warburton
This introduction to free speech offers a thought-provoking guide to questions concerning how important free speech is and whether it should be defended at all costs. It explores both the traditional philosophical arguments as well as the practical issues and controversies facing modern society.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم ماه مارس سال 2014 میلادی
عنوان: آزادی بیان؛ نویسنده: نایجل واربرتون؛ مترجم: حسین کیانی؛ تهر
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Steve
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book can fairly be judged by the cover: it is indeed short and only an introduction. Not at all badly done for that. But I guess I'm looking for more. So my rating (like for all books I review here) is a rating for ME not the whole universe of possible readers.
Christine
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covers a good amount, including copyright. Love this series.
Bojan Tunguz
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freedom of speech is considered one of the most fundamental human freedoms, especially in modern liberal democracies. It has become de facto THE litmus test of overall freedom that citizens of any society enjoy. And yet, the notion that we should have this freedom is relatively recent. The modern understanding of this freedom can more or less be traced to John Stewart Mill's "On Liberty," although there have been acknowledgements of the importance of freedom of speech that precede that work.

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Alyssa
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Gives a nice overview of free speech and censorship in different areas (writing, film, etc).
Andix
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- everybody has an interest in being allowed to express themselves and in having the opportunity to hear, read and see other people's free expression -> a characteristic of a democratic society
- every little censorship makes the next one more easier to be accepted -> gradual erosion
- negative freedom: you're free to do something if nobody stops you; positive freedom: achieve what you want
- situations where limitations are necessary: defamation, revelation of state secrets, when a fair trial is j
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Matt Lewis
I discovered this book through Warburton's enjoyable and thought-provoking Philosophy Bites podcasts (produced with David Edmonds), and have also read his excellent Philosophy: The Basics. Like that book, this short overview of free speech provides a superb summary of the key issues in clear, non-technical language. It is divided into five chapters, plus a conclusion:

Chapter one briefly demonstrates the importance of free speech, but also shows how even free speech advocates have to draw the lin
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PolicemanPrawn
A readable account, but not complete, covering the definition of speech, its role as a protected right, arguments for it and the benefits, offensive and dangerous speech, arguments for and against pornography, and the role of the internet. The author discusses quite a bit the tensions between free speech and Christianity (understandable perhaps given the religion’s major role in the history of Western civilisation), but appears less keen to talk about that other religion which has played a major ...more
Tanveer Khan
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
Excellent introduction to a topic which very few understand.
Cheyenne Groen
A very accessible introduction on free speech. I really enjoyed reading this.
Javier Calderón-Abullarade
Useful overview

Useful overview of main and recent issues regarding freedom of speech. Recommended. Well written and organized. Useful for a first approach to the matter.
Karl Griffiths
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking read. I like Nigel Warburton's work and this was an very short introduction to a topic which we come across on a daily basis.
Evan
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one would hope, this was a very clear short introduction to the subject of free speech. It's no small feat to condense such a complex topic like this, so reasonable success deserves applause. Warburton spends substantial time introducing Mill's notions of free speech as a basic necessity for any legitimate democratic government and Mill's arguments that undergird many modern defenses of the same, including the Millian notion that the only limit on free speech should be harm to others.

He reco
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Melissa McHugh
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot speak for the quality of the entire book, mind you as I did not intend to waste my time much past page 14, on which the author states that the UK does not have a Bill of Rights. I picked this book up precisely because of my dissertation research in which I'm examining the attitudes toward the 1689 Bill of Rights and the British constitution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and the legislation of the Two Acts in 1795, so to state out right that this bill does not exist leaves th ...more
Benjamin Horton
This book does its job excellently, setting out the philosophical grounding for free speech early on and then consistently applying it to the controversial and contemporary fringes of expression. That's one reason for recommendation; the other is its length. Even as far as Very Short Introductions go, this book is very short indeed, barely surpassing 100 pages (contrast that with the 125 and 150 pages of the other titles in my reading list), meaning it takes very little time to read (you could ...more
Hajir Almahdi
The book is a short introduction for free speech, it's an educational read, five chapters in total with a conclusion. It discusses the importance of free speech in democratic state and how it effects society and whether there is such thing as unlimited freedom of speech and if not where do we draw the line? And it provides a good argument for the issue. It's a light overview on a very tricky subject, it doesn't really provide any solutions or where to draw limits but i guess that's up to every i ...more
David Severson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the brevity of the book, Nigel Warburton shows the complexity of debates about free speech, different ways to defend free speech while not sacrificing other values, and how difficult it is figure out where to draw the line on free speech.

For both free speech absolutists and those unfamiliar with the general principle, this book is a must read. In the climate today of people arguing vociferously about free speech, everyone could learn a little more about the opposing side through "Free S
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Enrico Bertini
Very useful little book on free speech and its ramifications. The book provides a really good overview of the main ideas around free speech, especially why it’s needed, principles on where to draw the line and it central role for democracy. I especially enjoyed the summary of John Stuart Mill’s ideas and principles. The second half of the paper is less focused in my opinion. I found the part on pornography and copyright less interesting and a bit out of scope. In any case the book is an excellen ...more
Eli
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting read. It raises issues I had not thought about and gives a quite good review of arguments for and against, in historical perspective. The author doesn't shy away from expressing what he thinks should be decided in certain cases, but I don't mind that. It provides good examples and often leaves you thinking about some difficult dilemmas. As a very short introduction to the subject, I think it is excellent. The writing style is very accessible and very enlightening.
Catherine
This was a very good short introduction to free speech. It covered all of the main points and gave some good definitions and many different viewpoints on the subject. My complaints would be that the author gave his own viewpoint too often, and also that the book was a bit repetitive in parts. I do like the idea of the "a very short introduction" series, and will likely read more in the future.
Kitty Red-Eye
Alright as an introduction, but really not anything more. I was a little disappointed, since I didn't come upon anything really new to me here, but maybe I shouldn't have expected it? "Very short introduction..." - well. Maybe four stars are merited. Since it's exactly what it is. Covers and discusses the concept of free speech vs other values and/or considerations shortly but to the point.
Jonathan Mckay
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More informative than other books I've read on the subject, a solid grounding in the underlying philosophy and a dispassionate view of the competing viewpoints. While mainly written from a UK perspective, it includes a good overview of the American and European views. The author's restraint from editorializing is laudable, and the book is wonderfully brief. Highly recommended.
Jacob
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent introduction to some of the overarching issues surrounding free speech, but the text is plagued with assumptions that perpetuate dominant values of the (neo)liberal hegemony. The book is generally fair in its dealings with viewpoints it explicitly engages, but less fair to those implicitly engaged with (or ignored).
David F.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all -- this is a very short introduction to the philosophical issues surrounding freedom of speech. I found nothing new in it but it would be a good introduction for anyone not already familiar with such basics as Mill's Essay on Liberty.
BasementBoi BasementBoi
Very short introduction to the concept of free speech. Especially the chapter on John Stuart Mills 'On liberty' made a lasting impression on me.
Highly recommended, if you aren't familiar with the basic principles of free speech yet.
Smit
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good summary of varied perspectives on the issue of free speech. This book provides an overview of major contested issues in the debate of free speech with rationale from both sides contesting the issue.
Kathleen O'Neal
An easy to read and interesting introduction to an important topic, but one that failed to provide me personally with much new information.
Nynke
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
Actually rather liked this, I just wish the author had attempted to be a bit more objective w/r/t certain issues, but overall easy to read and a nice introduction.
Lea Dokter
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the concept of the "A Very Short Introduction" series. I read this for a course on banned literature, but I will surely be reading more of these on some other interesting topics.
Laurien
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-year-of-uni
A very clear explanation of different sides on the concept of free speech. Very handy for an overview of general discussions around the theme, historical context and its role in society.
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Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University and author of a number of popular books about philosophy.

Warburton received a BA from the University of Bristol and a PhD from Darwin College, Cambridge and was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham before joining the Department of Philosophy at the Open University in 1994.

He runs a popular philosophy weblog Virtual Philosopher and wit
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