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Author Fish, Stanley Eugene.
Title There's no such thing as free speech, and it's a good thing too / Stanley Fish.
Imprint New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1994.

Subject Freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech -- United States.
Academic freedom.
Academic freedom -- United States.
Freedom of speech.
United States.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 332 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- 1. Introduction: "That's Not Fair" -- PART I -- 2. The Common Touch, or, One Size Fits All -- Preface to Chapters 3 through 7 -- 3. The Empire Strikes Back -- 4. Reverse Racism, or, How the Pot Got to Call the Kettle Black -- 5. You Can Only Fight Discrimination with Discrimination -- 6. Bad Company -- 7. Speaking in Code, or, How to Turn Bigotry and Ignorance into Moral Principles -- 8. There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too -- 9. Jerry Falwell's Mother, or, What's the Harm? -- 10. Liberalism Doesn't Exist -- PART II -- 11. The Law Wishes to Have a Formal Existence -- 12. Play of Surfaces: Theory and the Law -- 13. Almost Pragmatism: The Jurisprudence of Richard Posner, Richard Rorty, and Ronald Dworkin -- 14. Being Interdisciplinary Is So Very Hard to Do -- 15. The Young and the Restless -- 16. Milton's Career and the Career of Theory -- 17. Milton, Thou Shouldst Be Living at This Hour -- 18. The Unbearable Ugliness of Volvos -- Appendix. Fish Tales: A Conversation with "The Contemporary Sophist" -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Last Page.
Summary In an era when much of what passes for debate is merely moral posturing - traditional family values versus the cultural elite, free speech versus censorship - the terms 'liberal' and 'politically correct', are used with as much dismissive scorn by the right as 'reactionary' and 'fascist' are by the left. In There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, Fish takes aim at the ideological gridlock paralyzing academic and political exchange in the nineties. In his witty, accessible dissections of the swirling controversies over multiculturalism, affirmative action, canon revision, hate speech, and legal reform, he takes both the left and the right equally to task. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the outcome of America's cultural wars.
ISBN 9780198024194 (electronic bk.)
0198024193 (electronic bk.)
0195093836 (Paper)
0195080181 (acid-free paper)
OCLC # 252594374
Additional Format Print version: Fish, Stanley Eugene. There's no such thing as free speech, and it's a good thing too. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1994 (DLC) 93015347.