Dignity and Free Speech

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Dignity and Free Speech

Type: Master thesis
Title: Dignity and Free Speech
Author: Blijden, Judith
Issue Date: 2016-07-01
Keywords: dignity
free speech
recognition
Abstract: In this thesis I defend the recent ruling of the Hoge Raad that determined that free speech can be restricted when statements are contrary to democratic principles. Equal respect for dignity is one of those important democratic principles, therefore I focus on the principle dignity and its relation to freedom of speech. Dignity commands recognition respect which means recognizing the equal authority and accountability of people. I argue that statements without any free speech interests can be restricted. Statements that contain valuable and harmful aspects can be restricted when the harm upstages the value. This is when the statement harms the essence of dignity and negates the relational aspect of freedom of speech.
Supervisor: Verbeek, Bruno
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (120 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Philosophy of Law
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49362
 

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