For the second paper in our class, I will be focusing on the ethics surrounding false advertising. This issue is concerned with the rights of others compared to the rights of freedom of speech. In deciding how to go about pursuing such a topic, I thought it would be valuable to perform a cited reference search on Robert Nozick’s Entitlement Theory essay. This article discusses justice and inequality based on entitlement, thus I thought there may be some intriguing essays that reference his work using an entitlement perspective to discuss the ethics of advertising.
I utilized Google Scholar to perform a cited reference search on Nozick’s essay and over 10,000 articles were found. Performing a search within these results for “false advertising,” I discovered 18 articles that cited Nozick’s Entitlement Theory and discussed false advertising. Immediately, I found one article titled “Advertisements, stereotypes, and freedom of expression” that appeared to be exactly what I would want for my topic. Unfortunately, this article could not be obtained with Bucknell’s privileges, so I went back to the results and found another article entitled “The Value of Rights” that also focused on my aforementioned topic.
Upon reading this article, I was immediately able to recognize the impact that such information will have towards my subject. The entire article concentrates on the values regarding the right to free speech. Lief Wenar, the author of the article, utilized the perspectives of different philosophers to answer his question about the rights associated with the freedom of speech. Analyzing this issue utilizing Nozick’s stance, Wenar likens the freedom of speech to Nozick’s discussion of the right to own property. Nozick argued against restricting property rights due to the harmlessness of property transfer, thus Wenar likens this to a belief in not restricting freedom of speech as long as it does not harm others. Another important benefit that this paper provides, is a viable case study that I may want to pursue for my final paper in Hustler Magazine v. Falwell. This case involves Jerry Falwell, a televangelist, suing Hustler Magazine for the internal infliction and emotional distress a Hustler parody caused towards Falwell.
All in all, the article that I have discovered from performing a cited reference search on Nozick’s Entitlement Theory has already proven to be valuable. Even more valuable are the other sources that I have uncovered, but have not even mentioned in this post. I believe these articles will provide a phenomenal starting off point for my paper on false advertising, but this will not be the only cited reference search that I will be utilizing. Recognizing the great power that such a technique holds, I will be using cited reference searches to discover most of the articles I use, as many of our philosophical ethic articles were published long ago.