Philosophy & Social Criticism: Venice Seminars 2021 (vol 48 no 4, 2022)

Special Issue: Venice Seminars 2021; Free Speech, Its Primacy and Challenges

This volume gathers the articles presented at the 2021 ResetDOC Venice Seminars, which were held online from May 24 to May 28, 2021.

The 2021 Venice Seminars addressed the topic of “Free Speech, Its Primacy and Challenges

Editors: Alessandro Ferrara, Volker Kaul and David Rasmussen


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Table of Contents

Annotations 459



Freedom of speech in liberal and non-liberal traditions 460

Volker Kaul


Freedom of Speech in the Liberal Tradition

Freedom of expression as self-restraint 473

Matthew H. Kramer

On the Wrongness of Lies 484
Cass R. Sunstein

‘Lost in the marketplace of ideas: Towards a new constitution for free speech after Trump and Twitter?’ 496
Stephen Macedo

Freedom of speech: A relational defence 515
Matteo Bonotti and Jonathan Seglow


Free Speech, the Mohammed Cartoons and Islamophobia

Cartoons go global: Provocation, condemnation and the possibility of laughter 530
Daniel Gamper

Caricaturing the prophet: Pushing the right to free speech too far? 544
Masooda Bano

Gendering Islamophobia at the crossroad of conflicting rights 556
Debora Spini


Freedom of Speech in a Global Perspective

Confucian free expression and the threat of disinformation 568
David Elstein

Freedom of speech in contemporary Arab societies from a gender perspective 580
Amel Grami

Faking news, hiding data: New assaults on freedom of speech in India 590
Ananya Vajpeyi

Banishing the poets: Reflections on free speech and literary censorship in Vietnam 603
Richard Quang-Anh Tran


Free Speech and Academic Freedom

Academic freedom: How to conceptualize and justify it? 619
Devrim Kabasakal Badamchi

Threats to academic freedom: The French case 631
Michel Wieviorka

Differentiating risks to academic freedom in the globalised university in China 642
Sophia Woodman and Tim Pringle



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