Res Publica 13 (1):53-75 (2006)

Andres Moles
Central European University
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.
Keywords automatic behaviour  autonomy  critical reflection  free speech  mental contamination  stereotype activation
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-006-9015-6
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Autonomy and Preference Formation.Richard Arneson - 1994 - In Joel Feinberg, Jules L. Coleman & Allen E. Buchanan (eds.), In Harm's Way: Essays in Honor of Joel Feinberg. Cambridge University Press. pp. 42--75.

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