Critiquing Free Speech: First Amendment Theory and the Challenge of Interdisciplinarity

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Preface

This book is the culmination of several years of thinking about interdisciplinary legal studies and the First Amendment. Although I'm quite sure some of the answers I propose will be found wanting by some, I hope that at least the questions raised will prove worthwhile. This last statement I make with some trepidation, aware as I am of the dictum of that quintessential postmodern professor, Morris Zapp, a character in the academic novels of author David Lodge. As Professor Zapp once mused: “Any damn fool, he maintained, could think of questions; it was answers that separated the men from the boys. ”1 Be that as it may (and passing over the sexist wording), sometimes the act of questioning an existing theoretical structure can prove at least as valuable as any answers to which the questioning may lead. Definitive answers are few and far between in this business. At times, interdisciplinary legal scholars present their work as if their own assumptions and theoretical commitments were beyond question. As I hope to show in these pages, this is simply not the case.

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David Lodge, Changing Places 45 (1975).

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