This session provides a brief introduction to the reasons behind the idea of freedom of speech.

The philosophical foundation of freedom of speech, which today is recognized as a basic human right, will be outlined through three powerful arguments. After the lecture a proposal for group work will be presented, focusing on the question: Is complete freedom of speech possible? A list of possible contradicting values and considerations will be provided for discussion.



The students shall
  • understand the arguments and philosophical reasons behind the idea of freedom of speech
  • understand that freedom of speech means protection of minorities, not praise of statements we like or agree with
  • be able to reflect on possible limitations of freedom of speech in cases where words and expressions may have devastating effects