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An Emotion-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech

50 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2008 Last revised: 20 Feb 2012

R. George Wright

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2008

Abstract

Free speech law often protects emotional expression. However, we lack an understanding of the scope and limits of protection for emotional expression. This Essay seeks to make progress toward such an understanding because a better understanding and grasp of the nature of emotion itself is crucial to achieving this goal. If we can arrive at an improved understanding of emotions and how they can be expressed, we will be better able to explain when we do and do not constitutionally protect the expression of emotion.

Keywords: free speech, emotional expression, constitution

Suggested Citation

Wright, R. George, An Emotion-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech (April 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1115869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1115869

R. George Wright (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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