'Crisp, clear and astute, this is a thought-provoking introduction to one of the most hotly-contested questions of our time'
'The genius of Nigel Warburton's Free Speech lies not only in its
extraordinary clarity and incisiveness. Just as important is the way
Warburton addresses freedom of speech -- and attempts to stifle it -- as an
issue for the 21st century. More than ever, we need this book.'
"...philosopher Nigel Warburton spans two millennia and more of knotty quarrels over freedom of expression and its moral or legal limits – from Socrates' death by hemlock to Salman Rushdie, David Irving and Aayan Hirsi Ali. As he writes, 'almost every defender of free speech wishes to draw the line somewhere'.
With admirable clarity, this VSI shows us how wobbly, hazy – but unavoidable – that line turns out to be."