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What Snowflakes Get RightFree Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus$
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Ulrich Baer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190054199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190054199.001.0001

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Free Speech and the University

Free Speech and the University

What Is at Stake

(p.1) 1 Free Speech and the University
What Snowflakes Get Right

Ulrich Baer

Oxford University Press

This first chapter identifies two problems with free speech in the college context. First, free speech creates a conflict when it interferes with the equality guarantees legally mandated for higher education. Second, free speech controversies undermine the university’s role as an arbiter of truth in society. When viewed in relation to equality and truth, the issues surrounding free speech take on larger significance. They signal a crisis for democracy not by prohibiting hate speech but by eroding the university’s purpose of making decisions over what merits debate and what is considered settled and widely accepted truth.

Keywords:   Chapter, free speech, First Amendment, truth, campus politics, equality, higher education, hate speech

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