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Jennifer Lackey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198791508.001.0001

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Civil Disobedience and Free Speech in the Academy

Civil Disobedience and Free Speech in the Academy

Chapter:
(p.170) 10 Civil Disobedience and Free Speech in the Academy
Source:
Academic Freedom
Author(s):

Martha C. Nussbaum

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791508.003.0010

The distinction between protected freedom of speech and civil disobedience on campus is often misunderstood. Drawing on the work of John Rawls and Martin Luther King, Jr., this chapter gives an account of civil disobedience that focuses on the protester’s willingness to accept a legal punishment, thereby showing respect for the rule of law. It is wrong for this conduct to be confused with protected speech, which, by definition, should not be penalized. A close discussion is provided of a variety of examples.

Keywords:   freedom of speech, civil disobedience, Rawls, Martin Luther King, Jr., rule of law

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