Publisher description for The scope of tolerance : studies on the costs of free expression and freedom of the press / by Raphael Cohen-Almagor.

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One of the dangers in any political system is that the principles that underlie and characterize it may, through their application, bring about its destruction. Liberal democracy is no exception. Moreover, because democracy is relatively young phenomenon, it lacks experience in dealing with pitfalls involved in the working of the system- the "catch" of democracy.

The Scope of Tolerance is an interdisciplinary study concerned with the limits of tolerance, this "democratic catch", and the costs of freedom of expression. Rights are costly, and someone must pay for them. We can and should ask about the justification for bearing the costs, weighing against the harms inflicted upon society as a result of a wide scope of tolerance. While recognizing that we have the need to express ourselves, we should also inquire about the justifications for tolerating the damaging speech and whether these are weighty enough.

This book combines theory and practice, examining issues of contention from philosophical, legal and media perspectives and covers such issues as:

Media invasion in to one's privacy
Offensive speech
Hate Speech
Holocaust denial
Media coverage of terrorism

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Freedom of speech.
Freedom of the press.