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Eternally vigilant : free speech in the modern era
Bollinger, Lee C., 1946-
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 330 pages ; 24 cm
Freedom of speech and the common-law constitution / David A. Strauss -- Free speech and good character: from Milton to Brandeis to the present / Vincent Blasi -- "Clear and present danger": and criminal speech / Kent Greenawalt -- The speech market and the legacy of Schenck / Richard A. Posner -- Reconciling theory and doctrine first amendment jurisprudence / Robert Post -- First amendment opportunism / Frederick Schauer -- The dance of theory / Stanley Fish -- The invisible hand of the marketplace of ideas / William R. BeVier -- The censorship of television / Owen M. Fiss -- The future of free speech / Cass R. Sunstein.
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While freedom of speech has been guaranteed us for centuries, the First Amendment as we know it today is largely a creation of the past eighty years. Eternally Vigilant brings together a group of distinguished legal scholars to reflect boldly on its past, its present shape, and what forms our understanding of it might take in the future. The result is a unique volume spanning the entire spectrum of First Amendment issues, from its philosophical underpinnings to specific issues like campaign regulation, obscenity, and the new media.

"With group efforts, such as this collection of essays, it is almost inevitable that there will be a couple--and often several--duds among the bunch, or at least a dismaying repetition of ideas. Such is not the case here. . . . Whether one agrees with a given author or not (and it is possible to do both with any of the essays), each has something to add. Overall, Eternally Vigilant is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book, consistently intelligent and, at times, brilliant."--Richard J. Mollot, New York Law Journal


Lillian R. BeVier
Vincent Blasi
Lee C. Bollinger
Stanley Fish
Owen M. Fiss
R. Kent Greenawalt
Richard A. Posner
Robert C. Post
Frederick Schauer
Geoffrey R. Stone
David A. Strauss
Cass R. Sunstein

Author Notes

Lee C. Bollinger is a professor of law and president of the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America and Images of a Free Press .

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law and provost of the University of Chicago. He is the coauthor of The First Amendment and coeditor of the annual Supreme Court Review .

Table of Contents

Freedom of Speech and the Common-Law Constitution
Free Speech and Good Character: From Milton to Brandeis to the Present
"Clear and Present Danger" and Criminal Speech
The Speech Market and the Legacy of Schenck
Reconciling Theory and Doctrine in First Amendment Jurisprudence
First Amendment Opportunism
The Dance of Theory
The Invisible Hand of the Marketplace of Ideas
The Censorship of Television
The Future of Free Speech
List of Contributors