Tag : academic freedom

Written on Aug, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

At many colleges and universities what John Stuart Mill called “the tyranny of public opinion” does more than merely discourage students from dissenting from prevailing views on moral, political, and other types of questions. It leads them to suppose that dominant views are so obviously correct that only a bigot or a crank could question them. Since no one wants …

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Written on Aug, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A good defense of free speech from UC Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ: Nonetheless, defending the right of free speech for those whose ideas we find offensive is not easy. It often conflicts with the values we hold as a community — tolerance, inclusion, reason and diversity. Some constitutionally-protected speech attacks the very identity of particular groups of individuals in ways …

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