Discussing with the Enemy
On Discursive Irrationality in the Free Speech Domain
Keywords:freedom of speech, argumentation, limits of reason, tolerance, aggression, dogmatism, epistemology
Can we rationally speak to someone who offends our beliefs, dishonors our logical faith and laughs at our personal and theoretical opinions? Can we discuss with the enemy (political, ideological or doctrinal enemy…)? This paper is a theoretical-philosophical attempt to think analytically (far beyond the legal dogmatic) about this controversial issue. It explores the limits, possibilities and confines of freedom of speech, from a realistic theory of argumentation and from a pragmatics of normative discourse. It takes as examples the conflicts generated by radical groups of the neo-fascist type, religious sects or violent social movements.
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