From: Charles Ess (58)
Subject: CAll for Papers
The following CFP is being published in the September issue of
Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine and the American Philosophical
Association gopher site. It may be of interest as well to some
Humanist subscribers as well. Cheers -- Charles Ess
Call for Papers: Philosophical Perspectives
of Free Speech in CMC Environments
The August 1995 issue of CMC Magazine only touched the
surface of the issues surrounding free speech, pornography
and censorship in computer-mediated communication.
These issues warrant a closer and more in-depth
Debates about free speech, pornography, and censorship
often begin with limited and unstated philosophical
starting points--e.g., libertarian and atomistic
conceptions of the individual--and then reason based on
preferences for minimal norms as established by
communities and states. These arguments also often favor
preferences for adversarial speech styles as a means to
truth and place high value on preserving the expression of
alternative viewpoints as an end in itself.
In order to shed greater light on these debates, CMC
Magazine will devote a special issue to philosophical
perspectives on free speech and its possible limits in CMC
environments, including the Internet. Articles in this issue
will broaden the circle of possible philosophical starting
points, so as to approach these topics from a wide range of
explicitly stated philosophical positions (e.g., libertarian,
communitarian, feminist, Kantian/Rawlsian, etc.).
The guest editor, Dr. Charles Ess (Drury College), requests
brief (1500-2000 words) articles which approach the issues
surrounding free speech in CMC environments from a
variety of clearly stated philosophical standpoints.
Articles should presume the broad audience of CMC
Magazine, and include an introductory summary of the
pertinent philosophical concepts. Deadline for receipt of
candidate essays is October 15, 1995.
See CMC Magazine's submission guidelines for general
guidelines for style, format, and audience at
Readers interested in discussing possible essays, and/or
nominating appropriate authors, should contact Dr. Ess
directly via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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