The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of 'Speech' in Freedom of Speech

Open Journal of Philosophy, 5, 39-42, 2015

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-184

6 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2015

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Larry Alexander

University of San Diego School of Law

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Date Written: March 10, 2015

Abstract

In this (very) short essay, I establish these points: All speech is symbolic; any conduct can be used to communicate a message (i.e., symbolically); government’s purpose in regulating, and not a speaker’s intention to communicate, defines the realm of freedom of expression; and determining the value of speech has a denominator problem.

Keywords: Speech, Symbolic Speech, Low Value Speech, Governmental Purpose

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Lawrence, The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of 'Speech' in Freedom of Speech (March 10, 2015). Open Journal of Philosophy, 5, 39-42, 2015; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-184. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2576397

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