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Jan. 16, 2021

Dangerous Speech

Dangerous Speech

I’m delighted to kick off this season with an incredibly timely conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Howard (@jeffhowarducl).

Jeff is an Associate Professor of Political Theory at UCL’s Department of Political Science, where he works on political and legal philosophy, focusing on the moral challenges facing citizens and policymakers.

Recently Jeff has been working on a project on “dangerous speech," exploring questions like, is there a right to incite? Is there a moral duty to refrain from dangerous speech? Is it right to restrict or punish dangerous speech?

Given our current political climate, in which outgoing US President Donald Trump was impeached last week on the charge of incitement, and was banned from top social media platforms because of dangerous speech, I couldn’t think of a better person to ask on the show than Jeffrey Howard.

Resources:

Jeff's paper on Dangerous Speech

Book recommendation: On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill