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Kindly Inquisitors
Author: Jonathan Rauch

ISBN: 9780226145938
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 9 December 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.5
Since its publication in 1993, Kindly Inquisitors has challenged readers with its bracing and provocative exploration of the issues surrounding attempts to limit free speech. Jonathan Rauch makes a persuasive argument for the value of what he sees as a pillar of liberal society: "liberal science," the system for producing knowledge within such a society, a system based on choosing between conflicting views. Moving beyond a defense of the First Amendment, Rauch defends the morality, as well as the very real benefits, of an intellectual regime that relies on unfettered and often hurtful criticism to make progress. This Expanded Edition includes a Foreword by George F. Will emphasizing the book's continuing relevance and a substantial Afterword by Rauch which updates and elaborates upon his original arguments. Two decades on, Rauch notes that, while some progress has been made, the regulation of speech deemed hateful or assaultive or harassing has spread internationally-where there is no First Amendment to act as a buffer-and has dug in domestically, especially in American universities. But the answer to bias and prejudice, he argues, is pluralism, n...

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