Liberty and the Free Marketplace of Ideas
This colloquium explored the development of the modern concept of the First Amendment right of freedom of speech from the founding fathers’ idea as roughly defined by Blackstone’s Commentaries through the landmark dissenting opinion of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in Abrams vs. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919). The colloquium also analyzed the philosophical purposes that the “free marketplace of ideas” provides for an open democracy, and explored the limits and boundaries on freedom of speech (or what the court has termed “expression”).
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