The question of free speech and whether or not speech should be regulated is not restricted to philosophers, lawyers and politicians. The free speech debate is also a public debate, and people inside and outside of academia, from the university campus to TV stations, engage in this discussion. Missing from this public debate is an articulation of how exactly speech can be harmful. This course provides conceptual tools to understand the pragmatics of discourse, and the different ways words can harm.
Maitra, Ishani & Mary Kate McGowan (2012) Speech and Harm: Controversies Over Free Speech. Oxford University Press. Available at the bookstore.
Other required materials (e.g. texts, videos, podcast) will be made available on the course website.
Syllabus + schedule with deadlines
Readings: check Canvas course site via MySacState