Spinoza and 'no platforming': Enlightenment thinker would have seen it as motivated by ambition rather than fear

Beth Lord, Alexander Douglas

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Abstract

The recent “no-platforming” of social historian Selina Todd and former Conservative MP Amber Rudd has reignited the debate about protecting free speech in universities. Both had their invited lectures cancelled at the last minute on the grounds of previous public statements with which the organisers disagreed.

Many people have interpreted these acts as hostile behaviour aimed at silencing certain views. But is this primarily about free speech?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • Enlightenment
  • Amber Rudd
  • No Platform
  • Spinoza
  • University of Oxford
  • Cancel culture

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