The Ethics of No Platforming

The Ethics of No Platforming

Abstract

No platforming has become increasingly common on college campuses in recent years, and interminable polemics have raged about if it is justified or not. These debates, however, often suffer from a lack of philosophical clarity and precision about what no platforming is (including distinctions among kinds of no platforming) and its ethical status. In this presentation, I introduce a novel framework for understanding the different kinds of no platforming and their ethical justification (or lack thereof). Once we understand the distinctions among different kinds of no platforming, I argue, we will see why arguments in favor of the most controversial forms of no platforming face steep challenges, even if weaker, less controversial forms of no platforming are justified.

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Bowling Green State University
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Clark R. Donley
Philosophy PhD Candidate