Download e-book for iPad: Silence and Freedom (Stanford Law Books) by Louis Seidman

By Louis Seidman

ISBN-10: 0804756201

ISBN-13: 9780804756204

"You have the perfect to stay silent." those phrases, drawn from the best Court's recognized determination in Miranda v. Arizona, have had an enormous effect at the public mind's eye. yet what a wierd correct this can be. Of the entire actions which are specially invaluable of defense, that outline us as humans, foster human capability, and signify human ambition, why privilege silence?

This considerate and iconoclastic publication argues that silence might be an expression of freedom. A defiant silence demonstrates decision, braveness, and should. Martyrs from quite a few religion traditions have given up their lives instead of surrender their god. throughout the Vietnam period, millions of nameless draft resisters refused to take the army oath that used to be a prelude to partaking in what they believed was once an immoral conflict. those silences converse to us. they seem to be a manifestation of connection, dedication, and meaning.

This hyperlink among silence and freedom is obvious in various diverse contexts, which Seidman examines separately, together with silence and apology, silence and self-incrimination, silence and interrogation, silence and torture, and silence and demise. In discussing the matter of apology, for instance, the writer argues that even if apology performs a vital position in holding the semblance of human connection, the ideal not to say sorry is both the most important. equally, prohibition opposed to torture—so fashionable in nationwide debate because the occasions of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib—is top understood without any consideration to silence, crucial in maintaining the excellence among brain and physique on which human freedom depends.

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