Parrhesia: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on Freedom of Speech

P.B.A. Smit (Editor), E. van Urk-Coster (Editor)

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Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in many societies, yet also highly contested. As a right, it can only be appreciated if its historical development is taken into account. Parrhesia offers case studies in freedom of speech, its understanding and exercise throughout history. They enable researchers and policymakers alike to gain an awareness of the complexities, challenges and benefits of freedom of speech. The cases that have been selected are from the field of religion and theology, yet exemplary in character and able to shed light on freedom of speech in other parts of society.

Contributors are: Leon van den Broeke, Jan Krans, Silvia Castelli, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Manfred Lang, Bastian Lemitz, Nils Neumann, Kyriakoula Papademetriou, Dirk Jan Schoon, and Peter-Ben Smit.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)9789004376090
ISBN (Print)9789004372078
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Theology and Religion (STAR)


  • Parrhesia
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of speech
  • religion
  • second vatican council
  • new testament
  • canon law
  • law and religion
  • politics
  • old catholicism


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