[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 16th of May: Bob Simpson (Monash)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Sun May 14 19:39:29 AEST 2017

“Won’t somebody please think of the children?” Hate speech, harm, and childhood

Bob Simpson (Monash)

Date: Tuesday, 16th of May
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 708, Macquarie University

Abstract: Many authors claim that hate speech harms its targets and society at large. A prima facie plausible hypothesis about how this occurs is that hate speech has a profound and pernicious influence on the attitudes of children. Here I explore the merits of this hypothesis in relation to (i) justifications for anti-hate speech law, and (ii) broader questions about the role of communication in causing and perpetuating social inequality. I argue that a successful justification for anti-hate speech law requires evidence of its harmful effects, as well as a credible attribution of responsibility for these harmful effects to the speaker. I argue that both conditions are more likely to be satisfied if our account of the relevant harm is built around claims about speech’s influence on children. I finish by outlining some of the policy implications that might follow from these consideration.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

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Adam Hochman
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Department of Philosophy | W6A, Room 733
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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