Free speech and ideological diversity on american college campuses

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Freedom of thought is the lifeblood of a university. Universities are dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. In order to fulfill that mission, universities must nurture an environment in which scholars can ask difficult questions and follow their evidence and analysis wherever they lead and teachers can expose their students to the unvarnished truth and press them to reexamine their most fundamental commitments. Restrictions on the freedom of thought are antithetical to the most basic commitment of the member of the campus community to pursue the truth. Skepticism of received wisdom and free inquiry into what lies at the boundaries of human knowledge are organizing principles of the university (see Whittington 2018).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Value and Limits of Academic Speech
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351064491
ISBN (Print)9781351064507
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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