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Neo-Orthodoxy in Academic Freedom

J. Peter Byrne

Georgetown University Law Center

December 1, 2009

Texas Law Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, p. 143, 2009
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1516385

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: academic freedom, free speech, university education, constitutional law

JEL Classification: I28, I21, K39

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Date posted: December 4, 2009 ; Last revised: January 5, 2010

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Byrne, J. Peter, Neo-Orthodoxy in Academic Freedom (December 1, 2009). Texas Law Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, p. 143, 2009; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1516385. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1516385

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