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Jeremy Waldron: Against Free Speech, 20 July 2006

Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition 
by John DurhamPeters.
Chicago, 309 pp., £18.50, April 2005, 0 226 66274 8
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... detest what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ Actually, as John DurhamPeters points out in Courting the Abyss, there is no evidence that Voltaire ever said any such thing. An English writer, Beatrice Hall, writing under a male pseudonym in 1906, suggested that Voltaire’s ...

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