Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought

Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought

JonathanRauch / Sep 22, 2019

Kindly Inquisitors The New Attacks on Free Thought Tracing attacks on free speech from Plato s Republic to America s campuses and newsrooms Jonathan Rauch provides an engaging and provocative attack on those who would limit free thought by restrictin

  • Title: Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought
  • Author: JonathanRauch
  • ISBN: 9780226705767
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tracing attacks on free speech from Plato s Republic to America s campuses and newsrooms, Jonathan Rauch provides an engaging and provocative attack on those who would limit free thought by restricting free speech Rauch explores how the system for producing knowledge works in a liberal society, and why it has now become the object of a powerful ideological attack MovingTracing attacks on free speech from Plato s Republic to America s campuses and newsrooms, Jonathan Rauch provides an engaging and provocative attack on those who would limit free thought by restricting free speech Rauch explores how the system for producing knowledge works in a liberal society, and why it has now become the object of a powerful ideological attack Moving beyond the First Amendment, he defends the morality, rather than the legality, of an intellectual regime that relies on unfettered and often hurtful criticism Kindly Inquisitors is a refreshing and vibrant essay, casting a provocative light on the raging debates over political correctness and multiculturalism Fiercely argued What sets his study apart is his attempt to situate recent developments in a long range historical perspective and to defend the system of free intellectual inquiry as a socially productive method of channeling prejudice Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Like no other, this book restates the core of our freedom and demonstrates how great, and disregarded, the peril to that freedom has become Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune The philosophical defense of free speech and free thought that seems to have been forgotten A powerful argument Diane Ravitch, Wall Street Journal

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    1. Given modern culture's leanings towards "political correctness" and the constant discourse between the "freedom of speech" and the "right to offend," I found myself searching for a book that explores this topic. These essays held my interest from the title's Inquisition allusion to the closing words. Jonathan Rauch defends free thought by dissecting numerous case studies on the attack of free speech. He frames his argument as a defense of liberal science and dives into this defense through the c [...]


    2. This is a gem of a book. It is the most thorough and well argued stance in favor of free speech I have so far encountered. Originally published in 1993, it is still completely relevant, probably, as they say, more than ever. It is very easy to lose oneself in the daily tweety outrages that have been reaching ridiculous proportions lately. Jonathan Rauch's book managed to put both my thinking about the world, and my half baked intuitions about what is right and what is absolutely essential, in or [...]


    3. By page 4 I was already enthralled: "A very dangerous principle is now being established as a social right: Thou shall not hurt others with words. This principle is a menace -and not just to civil liberties. At bottom it threatens liberal inquiry -that is, science itself English we have a word for the empanelment of tribunals--public or private, but in any case prestigious and powerful--to identify and penalize false and socially dangerous opinionsThe word has been out of general use for many ye [...]


    4. 1993: "[] homosexuals, like all minorities, stand to lose far more than they win from measures regulating knowledge or debate. Today, true, the regulators may take gay people's side. But the wheelwill turn, and the majority will reassert itself, and, when the inquisitorial machinery is turned against them, homosexuals will rue the day they helped set it up."2016: "Make America great again!"Jonathan Rauch's essay in defence of liberalism in all its forms, free thought, free speech, democracy and [...]


    5. Jonathan Rauch forcefully defends freedom of speech and liberal science in his short and crisp "Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought". Originally published in 1993, the book is even more relevant today than it was back then, resulting in an expanded edition in 2013. With brisk and efficient clarity, Rauch exposes the authoritarian intellectual underpinnings of the nominally liberal thought police that hold sway over America's universities. He goes further and argues that these ini [...]


    6. Jonathan Rauch responds to a series of modern threats to free speech, including the fatwa against Salman Rushdie (not to mention more recent threats and executions against critics of Islam or Muhammad), laws in Europe punishing "deniers" of the Holocaust, and campus speech codes prohibiting words or statements that may cause offense to select groups. His title is partly inapt. For one, the reference to the Inquisition correctly points to the quasi-religious fanaticism of these various zealots, b [...]


    7. I can't see the books market. Intelligent people who like free speech would already be aware of all the ideas it brings up. Stupid people who like free search prefer YouTube videos with cartoons images to large amounts of text. People who hate free speech will be offended by the book.But I guess similar objections could be brought to bare on most books about political or cultural issues with "free speech "changed to X.




    8. The right to not be offended does not and cannot exist in a free society. That is the main premise of this book. False, offensive and hateful speech should not be silenced, but refuted.


    9. While this book raised some interesting and thought provoking points, it was exceptionally repetitive and relied too much on anecdotal evidence. It would have been a fabulous "long read" essay.


    10. This a sharp, concise, and well-argued book. The author's contention is that efforts to create a public debate environment, where no one is offended and all views are given equal respect, are well-intentioned but very misguided. He argues convincingly that such efforts, which increasingly take the form of speech codes and various laws in Western civilization, serve only to stifle debate and prevent certain ideas from receiving rigorous scrutiny.Here is a particularly potent passage that nicely c [...]


    11. It's a 200 pages of fairly dull arguments that present a binary choice: either you support the system of "liberal science," marked by equal standing and a critical stance, or you oppose it. While Rauch's use of history makes it a good read, the actual analysis and argument tend to rely on hand-wavy generalizations and buzzwords. For instance, he points out that to be a good liberal is to admit to fallibilism, the stance that we can always be wrong. But he doesn't quite address the tension this c [...]


    12. A very smart friend told me to read this book. When very smart friends do that, I listen. I was rewarded for my obeisance. The book actually contained revelations to scores of questions I had on the broad topic and several of its particulars. The 2nd chapter was the most eye-opening for me of all: a philosophical treatise on how we know what is correct and right and what is incorrect and wrong. It whetted my appetite for more philosophy and to revisit the philosophy books that I put down when I [...]


    13. I've read a lot of books talking about modern threats to free speech, especially on college campuses, but what makes Rauch's book special is that it's timeless. He cites some specific examples - the fatwa on Salman Rushdie following The Satanic Verses, the debate between creationism and evolution - but these serve a larger purpose. Namely, he seeks to prove that liberal science is the best way to advance knowledge. We may seek to ban certain viewpoints based on fundamentalist or egalitarian clai [...]


    14. The highest tribute I can pay to this book is that it is still stuck in my craw days after finishing. I can't get it to resolve, meaning that I embrace Rauch's ideas and philosophy but I can't create the discussions required in my mind. I have no trouble with Rauch's rules of "no final say" and "no special authority", which I think are excellent. But I must think too poorly either of my fellow humans or of myself because I don't know if I can convince others to abide by those rules when it comes [...]


    15. This is the best book I have read on the necessity of freedom of expression. It is not a "law" book, but instead is a lucid explanation of why we must protect even hateful, silly, or seemingly worthless speech if we are to have a system that provides the best test of truth. Some expression contributes to the marketplace of ideas by serving primarily as a bad example. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about this issue.


    16. Anyone who gives one shit about the First Amendment needs to read this book. It is being battered by both sides. The best example is the group of people at Harvard that were offended that a professor had to point out to them the 14th Amendment. They were basically offended that their ignorance was pointed out. They had been accepted to Harvard for shits sake. Wake up and smarten up. Read a good history on the author. Very fascinating life


    17. Extraordinary. Possibly one of the best books I've ever read, and certainly the best argument I've ever read. Ferociously argued and cogently written. This does not deserve the relative obscurity it has fallen into. If any piece of writing on the nature and point of science deserves to be required reading for those entering higher education, it is this one.


    18. Excellent argument on the dangers of prohibiting offense during the creation of knowledge and investigation of truth.



    19. A very worthwhile read on free discourse and the ideologies that attack it (I actually read it a few times, back-to-back).





    20. This book should be required reading for every high school student. If I was a book highlighter I would have gone through several.



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