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Att tala om Leviathan: Yttrandefrihet i konflikt med statens behov av skydd – En fallstudie av åtalet mot Bradley E. Manning
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To Speak About Leviathan : Freedom of Speech Versus Government’s Need For Protection – A Case Study of the Impeachment Against Bradley E. Manning (English)
Abstract [en]

This paper is a case study on Bradley E. Manning, famous for leaking classified intelligence to media, or in the charge sheet’s words: “knowingly give intelligence to the enemy, through indirect means.” My opinion is that this sort of dilemma is a question of values, how you view the world and, most important of all, human rights and the philosophy of rights. Therefore I decided to sort out the arguments regarding the issue of freedom of speech versus the state’s need for protection. To do this I performed a pro et contra analysis from John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, this building my theory on which I lean my other work upon. Furthermore, I performed a case study on Manning where I compared the charges and the defense with the arguments of Mill and Hobbes.

Ergo: I applied my theory on an existing conflict between freedom of speech and the state’s need for protection to see which arguments that are used in the charge against Manning and if one could derive this from the argumentation analysis consistent of Mill and Hobbes.


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2012. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Philosophy of rights, Freedom of speech, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Bradley E. Manning.
National Category
Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19500OAI: diva2:531037
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-05 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved

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