Over the course of the nineteenth century in both Europe and the
United States, the state usurped the traditional authority of the
church in regulating sexual expression and behavior. In the same
century philosophers of classical liberalism identified that state
function as a threat to individual liberty. Since then, liberalism
has provided the framework for debates over obscenity around the
globe. But liberalism has recently been under siege, on the one
side from postmodern thinkers skeptical about its andro- and
ethnocentric assumptions, and on the other side from religious
thinkers doubtful of the moral integrity of the Enlightenment
project writ large.The principal challenge for those who conduct
academic work in this realm is to formulate new models of research
and analysis appropriate to understanding and evaluating speech in
the present-day public sphere. Toward those ends, "Obscenity and
the Limits of Liberalism" contains a selection of essays and
interventions by prominent authors and artists in a variety of
disciplines and media. These writings, taken as a whole, put recent
developments into historical and global contexts and chart possible
futures for a debate that promises to persist well into the new
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