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What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus

Ulrich Baer


Angry debates about polarizing speakers have roiled college campuses. Conservatives accuse universities of muzzling unpopular opinions, betraying their values of open inquiry; students sympathetic to the Left advocate for some regulation of speech, asking for “safe spaces” and protection against visiting speakers and even curricula they feel disrespects them. Some even call these students “snowflakes”—too fragile to be exposed to opinions and ideas that challenge their worldviews. How might universities resolve these debates about free speech, which pit students’ welfare against the university ... More

Keywords: Book, free speech, campus politics, higher education, equality, First Amendment, truth, university, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190054199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190054199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrich Baer, author
University Professor, New York University