Question: Should there be Limits on Free Speech?

Date: 25th January 2018
Podcast: To follow

Dr. Alexander Prescott-Couch (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Ian Brownhill (Barrister, No5 Chambers)
Benjamin Musachio (MPhil. Modern Languages)

Chair: Lauren Malm (MSt in English (1700-1830))
Organiser: Paul Stephens (DPhil in English)

Philosophy yes

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Alexander Prescott-Couch is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy and History from Columbia University, and completed a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University, where he was the 2013-2014 winner of the Bowen Prize for Best Paper in Moral Philosophy. His research focuses on the philosophy of social science and political philosophy. He also has a strong interest in German philosophy, particularly Nietzsche. His paper “Explanation and Manipulation” was recently published in the September 2017 edition of ‘Noûs’.

Ian Brownhill is an experienced criminal defence practitioner who has practiced in all levels of Courts. He graduated with a BA in Jurisprudence from Lincoln College, Oxford, and earned a BVC from the College of Law. As a confident jury advocate with a busy public law practice, Ian defends protestors prosecuted for activities related to their freedom of assembly and expression, and provides criminal defence for professionals and high net worth individuals, as well as dealing with ancillary orders made by criminal courts and criminal work in High Court and Court of Appeal. Nominated for the Legal Aid Barrister of the year 2015, Ian continues to handle cases for both private and insurer funded clients as well as legally aided criminal defence work.

Benjamin Musachio is a M.Phil student in Modern Languages and Literatures, with a focus on Russian literature. He graduated Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures and Philosophy. His current research interests include the Anglo-American reception of Soviet literature and the history of Russian literary culture in Latvia. Previously, he examined American conservatives’ divergent interpretations of Boris Pasternak’s novel, Doctor Zhivago. He looks forward to beginning his PhD studies in Slavics at Princeton University in 2019.

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