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

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Mon May 15 09:36:34 AEST 2017

Please note that this week's seminar will not be in the usual venue. It will be held in W3A 501. All are welcome to attend.

"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: W3A 501, 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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Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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