Versions of Academic Freedom by
Call Number: LC72.2 .F5677 2014 | Roy O. West Campus Life
Publication Date: 2014-10-23
"...Fish for the first time turns his full attention to one of the core concepts of the contemporary academy: academic freedom. Depending on who's talking, academic freedom is an essential bulwark of democracy, an absurd fig leaf disguising liberal agendas, or, most often, some in-between muddle that both exaggerates its own importance and misunderstands its actual value to scholarship...the crucial question, he says, is located in the phrase "academic freedom" itself: Do you emphasize "academic" or "freedom?" Is academic freedom a contribution to society's common good? Does it authorize professors to critique the status quo, both inside and outside the university? Does it license and even require the overturning of all received ideas and policies? Is it an engine of revolution? Are academics inherently different from other professionals? Or is academia just a job, and academic freedom merely a tool for doing that job?"
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