This six-part introductory course examines the basic question of where we should draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable expression. We will be discussing topics such as blasphemy, offensive language, respect, humour, incitement to violence, pornography and the Internet as well as looking at the broader philosophical and psychological arguments which are used to justify both freedom and censorship. The course will include guest speakers from the world of free speech and a session drawing on the related archive collections of Bishopsgate Library. This course will take place at the Free Word Centre (pictured), 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Enrolment is through Bishopsgate Institute. Organised in association with English PEN and the Free Word Centre.
Free Speech: An Introduction
Thursday 13 September – Thursday 18 October
Time: 6:30 PM
Days of Week: Thursdays
Venue: Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Tutor: Mark Vernon
Max students: 18
Cost: £70.00 to £93.00
Mark Vernon is an author and journalist. He has written books on friendship, wellbeing, belief, science and the philosophy of the everyday. He is a founding member of The School of Life faculty, where he teaches classes on death, friendship, love and filling the God-shaped hole, and runs a Breakfast Club. He is also an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London.