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2017/05/13: Freedom of Speech: Not Just Another Value

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I was invited to address the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society for Academic Freedom (http://www.safs.ca/) on May 13, 2017. Dr. Marc Mercer, President of SAF, and professor in the Department of Philosophy of Halifax’s St. Mary’s University introduced me.

I would like to thank SAF for their support over the last year.

This talk focuses on the reasons that the right to free speech must be considered in some sense paramount among the intrinsic rights, rather than merely one value among many. There is no difference between free speech and free thought, for starters, and without free thought it is impossible to know oneself or the world.

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