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Obscenity and Film Censorship
An Abridgement of the Williams Report

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Onora O'Neill
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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107113770

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  • When it first appeared in 1979, the Williams Report on Obscenity and Film Censorship provoked strong reactions. The practical issues and political principles examined are of continuing interest and remain a crucial point of reference for discussions on obscenity and censorship. Presented in a fresh series livery for the twenty-first century, and with a specially commissioned preface written by Onora O'Neill, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this abridged edition of Bernard Williams's Report presents all the main findings and arguments of the full report, central to which is the application of Mill's 'harm principle' and the conclusion that restrictions are out of place where no harm can be reasonably thought to be done.

    • Unique to Cambridge, this classic book has been revived and rebranded for a twenty-first-century readership
    • Applies Mill's 'harm principle' to the issues surrounding obscenity and censorship
    • Makes the case for a liberal approach to regulating obscene or pornographic material, challenging both the most liberal views of freedom of expression and their critics
    • Includes a specially commissioned Preface written by Onora O'Neill
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107113770
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to this edition Onora O'Neill
    Part I. Background:
    1. The Committee's task
    2. The present law
    3. The censorship of films
    4. The situation
    Part II. Principles:
    5. Law, morality and the freedom of expression
    6. Harms?
    7. Offensiveness
    8. Pornography, obscenity and art
    Part III. Proposals:
    9. The restriction of publications
    10. The prohibition of publications
    11. Live entertainment
    12. Films
    13. Summary of our proposals.

  • Editor

    Bernard Williams
    Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was one of the leading moral philosophers of the twentieth century. He was knighted in 1999 and was Monroe Deutsch Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley until his death in 2003.


    Onora O'Neill

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