Freedom of the Press from Milton to Tocqueville
This conference provided an opportunity to focus on this discursive and intellectual history of one of our most complacently accepted inheritances. There are at least three general themes that may arise in the course of our reading and conversation. First, there is the shift in emphasis from religious to secular settings. Second, there is the question of the relationship between the private and the public. Third, is freedom of the press a function of a distinctive national culture or civilization, or does it have a more universal reach?
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