Dilemmas of Free Expression

Edited by Emmett Macfarlane

© 2021

Free expression is under threat. Social media and "fake news", misinformation, and disinformation have prompted governments to propose new forms of regulation that are deeply challenging to free expression. Hate speech, far-right populism, campus speech debates, and censorship consistently make headlines in Canada and abroad.

Dilemmas of Free Expression offers forward-looking appraisals of ways to confront challenging moral issues, policy problems, and controversies that pay heed to the fundamental right to free expression. The essays in this volume offer timely analyses of the law, policy, and philosophical challenges, and social repercussions to our understanding of expressive freedom in relation to government obligations and public discourse.

Free expression and its limits are multifaceted, deeply complex, inherently values-based, and central to the ability of a society to function. Dilemmas of Free Expression addresses the challenges of limiting free expression across a host of issues through an analyses by leading and emerging voices in a number of disciplines, including political science, law, philosophy, and Indigenous studies.

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In the face of contemporary controversies, Dilemmas of Free Expression presents nuanced and trenchant analyses on recent controversies, judicial decisions, and policies implicating free expression.

Dilemmas of Free Expression

Edited by Emmett Macfarlane

© 2021

Free expression is under threat. Social media and "fake news", misinformation, and disinformation have prompted governments to propose new forms of regulation that are deeply challenging to free expression. Hate speech, far-right populism, campus speech debates, and censorship consistently make headlines in Canada and abroad.

Dilemmas of Free Expression offers forward-looking appraisals of ways to confront challenging moral issues, policy problems, and controversies that pay heed to the fundamental right to free expression. The essays in this volume offer timely analyses of the law, policy, and philosophical challenges, and social repercussions to our understanding of expressive freedom in relation to government obligations and public discourse.

Free expression and its limits are multifaceted, deeply complex, inherently values-based, and central to the ability of a society to function. Dilemmas of Free Expression addresses the challenges of limiting free expression across a host of issues through an analyses by leading and emerging voices in a number of disciplines, including political science, law, philosophy, and Indigenous studies.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Emmett Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: The Challenge and Controversy of Free Expression
    Emmett Macfarlane

    1. Does Freedom of Expression Have a Future?
    Richard Moon

    2. Hate Speech, Harm, and Rights
    Emmett Macfarlane

    3. Process Matters: Postal Censorship, Your Ward News, and s.2(b) of the Charter
    Jamie Cameron

    4. Freedom of Expression in an Age of Disinformation: Charter Considerations for Regulating Political Speech in Canadian Elections
    Erin Crandall and Andrea Lawlor

    5. Regulating Expression on Social Media
    Carissima Mathen

    6. The Right to Protest and Counter-Protest: Complexities and Considerations
    Cara Faith Zwibel

    7. Positive Rights, Negative Freedoms, and the Margins of Expressive Freedom
    Benjamin Oliphant

    8. Compelled Speech: A Conscience- and Integrity-Based Approach
    Léonid Sirota

    9. Balancing Freedom of Expression and Access to the Courts: Assessing Ontario’s Anti-SLAPP Legislation
    Byron M. Sheldrick

    10. Denial, Deplatforming, and Democracy: Thinking About Climate Change in the Age of Social Media
    Christopher Bennett

    11. The Tension Between Freedom of Expression and Language Rights in Canada: The Ford and Devine Legacy after Thirty Years
    Stéphanie Chouinard and Emmanuelle Richez

    12. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ We Extend the Rafters
    David Newhouse

    13. Faculty Free Speech in Canada: Trends, Risks, and Possible Futures
    Jeffrey Adam Sachs

    14. On Silence: Student Refrainment From Speech
    Shannon Dea

    15. Deplatforming in Theory and Practice: The Ann Coulter Debacle
    Dax D’Orazio

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