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Academic Freedom

Jennifer Lackey


Academic freedom, which allows members of institutions of higher learning to engage in intellectual pursuits without fear of censorship or retaliation, lies at the heart of the mission of the university. Recent years have seen growing concerns about threats to academic freedom, many brought about from the changing norms of, and demands on, the university. A number of new issues—including content warnings, safe spaces, social media controversies, microaggressions, and no platforming—have given rise to loud cries, in both scholarly and popular contexts, that academic freedom is under serious att ... More

Keywords: academic freedom, truth, free speech, extramural political speech, safe spaces, silencing, microaggressions, campus protests, civil disobedience, no platforming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Lackey, editor
Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy, Northwestern University

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Part I Introduction

1 Academic Freedom

Jennifer Lackey

Part II The Rationale for Academic Freedom

Part III The Parameters of Academic Freedom

6 Freedom of Research Area

Brian Weatherson

Part IV Silencing and Beyond: Microaggressions, Content Warnings, and Political Correctness

7 Beyond Just Silencing

Jennifer Saul

Part V Protests, Civil Disobedience, and No Platforming

11 No Platforming

Robert Mark Simpson and Amia Srinivasan

End Matter