IMPORTANT: this is not a research paper, please only use the sources I provided and carefully quote them. Do not use outside sources. And please have a clear thesis at the end of introduction paragraph. Instruction: Please write an interesting and thoughtful paper delving into the issues and arguments discussed in this class. This is a course in ethics and justice. This is not an opinion paper nor a research paper where you dig up facts. You are to clarify and defend an informed and articulate perspective, supported by strong arguments. Start with other authors. Use the arguments of various authors as a springboard to developing a nuanced view. Use good logic, from plausible premises, and moral principles or other values you think most reasonable people would accept. If your principles are controversial, then you need to argue why we should accept your principles. Important: Identify the competing values or principles at play in the issue, and try to resolve them in a way that does not just steamroller over the other important values (like “free speech is the only value that matters”). Principles and values are more important than political theory like utilitarianism
Topic: (please don’t try to answer all the questions, these questions are just for you to think deeper in the topic.
Hate Speech/Free Speech. How should we treat hate speech on campus? How can the administration both be neutral on the marketplace of ideas, and still maintain an environment that is inclusive? Are campus speech codes needed? What about the administration not banning but condemning speech? What is the proper function of the university in this regard? Why should we accept your view?Further prompting: (What the hell IS hate speech, for the purposes of your paper? Define. Is this supposed to include invited speakers like Ann Coulter? Or is hate speech best seen more like Charles Lawrence’s examples from other students?) Appeal to theories of free speech. Critically assess the arguments from Lawrence, Rauch, Friedman, or others that are help you to develop your thesis. Should we be more concerned about the free exchange of ideas, or about equality of education, or other values? Or is this a false dichotomy? Consider different contexts (classroom, cafeteria, the Arbor or . . . ). Show at least competence in 1st Amendment law. (At least try to stay within a constitutional framework). Identify the key values at play, and attempt to resolve the conflict. (You MAY paraphrase the Capps Speaker, Dr. Howard Gillman. Just present him as fairly as possible. However, most of what he will say is in the chapter posted in Week 9). What is the proper role of soft sanctions? Start with other people’s work, and build from there.
Sources: (some sources have links some sources I attached down below) Please use these sources as much as possible.