The Future of Academic Freedom

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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, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Edward Said, Richard Rorty, and Joan W. Scott, consider the problems confronting the American University in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom.

"Louis Menand has assembled The Future of Academic Freedom to better define and delineate what should and should not happen within our colleges and universities. . . . The whole extremely learned yet accessible debate exploits the freedoms it extols, tackling sensitive subjects such as ethnicity and ethics head-on."—Publishers Weekly

"The essays are not only sharp, elegant and lucid, but extremely well-informed about the history of American battles over academic freedom."—Alan Ryan, Times Higher Education Supplement

"[A] superb inquiry into some of the most vexing and significant issues in higher education today."—Zachary Karabell, Boston Book Review
 

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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
43
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
181
EIGHT Science and Its Critics Evelyn Fox Keller
199
The Potentate and
214
Contributors
229

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About the author (1996)

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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