Neo-Orthodoxy in Academic Freedom
29 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2009 Last revised: 5 Jan 2010
Date Written: December 1, 2009
This review essay analyzes two recent books that advance neo-orthodox theories of academic freedom: Matthew Finkin and Robert Post, For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom, and Stanley Fish, Save the World on Your Own Time. Both books develop principles articulated in the American Association of University Professors 1915 Declaration, which emphasize the role of faculty in advancing knowledge and the need to insulate professional evaluation of academic work from lay, political interference. This review essay defends the return to protection of the scholarly search for truth as the touchstone of academic freedom, offers critiques of the authors’ specific arguments, and draws implications for the constitutional law of academic freedom.
Keywords: academic freedom, free speech, university education, constitutional law
JEL Classification: I28, I21, K39
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