What is academic freedom? [electronic resource] : a century of debate, 1915-present / Daniel Gordon
- Gordon, Daniel, 1961-
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023.
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- pages cm
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- The firing of Angela Davis -- Absolute Meiklejohn -- Indoctrination : from Lovejoy to Foucault by way of Black studies -- Eminent conversions : 1990s-present -- Israel, BDS, and academic freedom -- In lieu of a conclusion : an unpublished speech on academic freedom by Edward W. Said.
- "This book explores the history of the debate, from 1915 to the present, about the meaning of academic freedom, particularly as concerns the limits of political activism on the college campus. The book introduces readers to the origins of the modern research university in the United States, the professionalization of the role of the university teacher, and the rise of alternative conceptions of academic freedom challenging the professional model and radicalizing the image of the university. Leading thinkers on the subject of academic freedom--Arthur Lovejoy, Angela Davis, Alexander Meiklejohn, Edward W. Said, among others--spring to life. What is the relationship between freedom of speech and academic freedom? Should communists be allowed to teach? What constitutes unacceptable political "indoctrination" in the classroom? What are the implications for academic freedom of creating Black Studies and Women's Studies departments? Do academic boycotts, such as those directed against Israel, violate the spirit of academic freedom? The book provides the context for these debates. Instead of opining as a judge, the author discloses the legal, philosophical, political, and semantic disagreements in each controversy. The book will appeal to readers across the social sciences and humanities with interests in scholarly freedom and academic life"--
- 9780367511708 (hardback)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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