The Future of Academic Freedom

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Assistant Professor of English at Queen's College Louis Menand, III, Louis Menand
University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1996 - Education - 239 pages
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At the bottom of every controversy embroiling the university today - from debates over hate-speech codes to the reorganization of the academy as a multicultural institution - is the concept of academic freedom. But academic freedom is almost never mentioned in these debates. Now nine leading academics consider the problems confronting the American university in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom. Whom and what does academic freedom protect? Are restrictions on hate speech compatible with the academic freedom of inquiry? Must academic freedom have epistemological foundations, or should it be reconceived as an ethical practice? If the American university is now undergoing a radical reorganization, both intellectual and economic, what are the threats to the freedoms of inquiry and expression that professors and students have traditionally taken for granted? The essays respond to critics of the university, but they also respond to one another: Rorty and Haskell argue about the epistemological foundations of academic freedom; Gates and Sunstein discuss the legal and educational logic of speech codes. But in the end the volume achieves an unexpected consensus about the need to reconceive the concept of academic freedom in order to meet the threats and risks of the future.
 

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Contents

ONE The Limits of Academic Freedom Louis Menand
3
TWO Does Academic Freedom Have Philosophical
21
THREE Justifying the Rights of Academic Freedom in the Era
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THE PROBLEM OF HATE SPEECH
91
FIVE Critical Race Theory and Freedom of Speech
119
THE ETHICS OF INQUIRY
161
SEVEN We Need a New Interpretation of Academic
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EIGHT Science and Its Critics Evelyn Fox Keller
199
The Potentate and
214
Contributors
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Louis Menand is a staff writer at the New Yorker as well as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Metaphysical Club.

Louis Menand is a staff writer at the New Yorker as well as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Metaphysical Club .

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