Hate Speech and the Epistemology of Justice: Jeremy Waldron: The Harm in Hate Speech. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012

Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (4):865-873 (2016)
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In ‘The Harm in Hate Speech’ Waldron’s most interesting and ground-breaking contribution lies in a distinctive epistemological role he assigns to hate speech legislation: it is necessary for assurance of justice, and thus for justice itself. He regards public social recognition of what is owed to citizens as a public good, contributing to basic dignity and social standing of citizens. His claim that hate speech in the public social environment damages assurance of justice has wider implications, I argue: for hate speech conducted in private; for pornography; and indeed for any speech that thwarts knowledge of what justice requires.

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