Autonomy, free speech and automatic behaviour

Res Publica 13 (1):53-75 (2006)
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One of the strongest defences of free speech holds that autonomy requires the protection of speech. In this paper I examine five conditions that autonomy must satisfy. I survey recent research in social psychology regarding automatic behaviour, and a challenge to autonomy is articulated. I argue that a plausible strategy for neutralising some of the autonomy-threatening automatic responses consists in avoiding the exposure to the environmental features that trigger them. If this is so, we can good autonomy-based pro tanto reasons for controlling exposure to certain forms of speech.



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Autonomy and preference formation.Richard Arneson - 1994 - In Jules L. Coleman & Allen Buchanan (eds.), In Harm's Way: Essays in Honor of Joel Feinberg. New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press. pp. 42--75.

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