Diametros 54:118-137 (2017)

This article turns to early modern and Enlightenment advocates of tolerance in order to discover and lay bare the line of argument that informed their commitment to free speech. This line of argument will subsequently be used to assess the shift from free speech to the contemporary ideal of free self-expression. In order to take this assessment one step further, this article will finally turn to Immanuel Kant’s famous defense of the public use of reason. In the wake of Katerina Deligiorgi’s readings of Kant, it will show that the idea of free speech requires a specific disposition on behalf of speakers and writers that is in danger of being neglected in the contemporary prevailing conception of free speech as freedom of self-expression.
Keywords Baruch Spinoza  Enlightenment  Immanuel Kant  John Locke  John Stuart Mill  freedom of self-expression  freedom of speech  public use of reason
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DOI 10.13153/diam.54.2017.1136
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