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    There is far more to free speech than the right to be offensive

There is far more to free speech than the right to be offensive

The first edition of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since the attack on the magazine’s headquarters generated record numbers of sales. Davina Cooper writes that while the attack raised fundamental questions over the nature of free speech, there was comparatively little said about the victims of the related attack on a Jewish supermarket which took place […]

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    In remembering the Charlie Hebdo attack we must not forget the responsibility that goes with free speech

In remembering the Charlie Hebdo attack we must not forget the responsibility that goes with free speech

On 11 January, unity marches were held across France following terrorist attacks which killed 17 people in Paris, including an attack on the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. One of the key debates to have taken place since the attacks has focused on the issue of free speech, given the controversial nature of some of the material […]

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    The philosophy of terrorism: why blaming victims offers no justification for terrorist attacks

The philosophy of terrorism: why blaming victims offers no justification for terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks are often justified by their perpetrators on the basis that victims are complicit in some policy or action which is worthy of being met with by violence. But how should we view such arguments from a philosophical perspective? Igor Primoratz writes that while terrorists are likely to portray their actions as a morally justified ‘armed struggle’, the […]

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    The Charlie Hebdo attack was a horrific escalation of violence in an already tense society

The Charlie Hebdo attack was a horrific escalation of violence in an already tense society

On 7 January, 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Sara Silvestri writes on the response to the incident within France, noting that while there is a risk of reprisals against Muslims and immigrants, there is also evidence of a positive reaction through the galvanising of people […]

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