The First Amendment - What it Means and Why it Matters

Philosophy Series: With Professor Tara Smith, University of Texas at Austin

The First Amendment encompasses activities of different types – most notably, involving speech, religion, and the press. What is the underlying idea that unites these? Why carve out such activities for distinct legal status?

This Philosophy Series presentation, with a theme of Political Philosophy - ​​​will examine the basic rationale and meaning of the First Amendment. In doing so, it will also illuminate its value – what we gain by protecting First Amendment freedoms.

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1. Meaning of the First Amendment
2. Value of the First Amendment
3. Two Conceptual Confusions in its Application

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:00pm

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