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Purpose and Task
Let’s finish this module by critiquing the liberal humanist understanding of free speech. In 2-3 pages argue for or against adopting stronger limits on free speech. Your paper must use concepts, ideas, arguments, and quotations from your textbook as well as Heyman Chapter 3 and Matsuda – Public Responses to Hate Speech. If you watched the video use information from it as well.
To help get you started here is a debate prompt you can either defend or argue against:
“Free speech, and particularly public hate speech, can and should be limited to respect the rights of individuals especially their right to recognition, personal safety and personality.”
Criteria for Success
A clearly written argument for or against additional limits on free speech
Use of quotes, idea, concepts, arguments from the readings
Paper is well structured and it’s clear you put a lot of thought into the argument
Tips, Tools and Techniques to Guide Your Essay Writing
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Once you’ve done that, have a look at these tips for outlining (Links to an external site.). Below is a basic sample outline structure you can use for your essay.
Thesis statement – essentially your answer to the prompt question
Free Speech in the US
Discuss why free speech is important
What limits currently exist on free speech
Prevailing arguments against limiting hate speech
use quotes from the textbook for this section
Heyman’s Liberal Humanist Approach to Hate Speech
Your analysis of Heyman’s argument for limiting speech
Your analysis of Matsuda’s argument for limiting hate speech
Which argument you find more convincing and why