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Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education

Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness


Ideally, universities are centers of learning, in which great researchers dispassionately search for truth, no matter how unpopular those truths must be. The marketplace of ideas assures that truth wins out against bias and prejudice. Yet many people worry that there's rot in the heart of the higher education business. This book reveals the problems are even worse than anyone suspects. Marshalling an array of data, the authors systematically show how contemporary American universities fall short of these ideals and how bad incentives make faculty, administrators, and students act unethically. ... More

Keywords: universities, research, ideas, students, injustice, administrators, faculty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190846282
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190846282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Brennan, author
Professor of Strategy, Ethics, and Public Policy, Georgetown

Phillip Magness, author
Senior Research Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts