Cook, Philip and Heilmann, Conrad (2010) Censorship and two types of self-censorship. LSE Choice Group working paper series, vol. 6, no. 2. The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics, London, UK.
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We propose and defend a distinction between two types of self-censorship: public and private. In public self-censorship, individuals restrain their expressive attitudes in response to public censors. In private self-censorship, individuals do so in the absence of public censorship. We argue for this distinction by introducing a general model which allows us to identify, describe, and compare a wide range of censorship regimes. The model explicates the interaction between censors and censees and yields the distinction between two types of self-censorship. In public self-censorship, the censee aligns her expression of attitudes according to the public censor. In private self-censorship, the roles of censor and censee are fullled by the same agent. The distinction has repercussions for normative analysis: principles of free speech can only be invoked in cases of public self-censorship.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Working Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2010 The authors|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|Sets:||Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > LSE Choice Group
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
|Identification Number:||vol. 6, no. 2|
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