The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Diversity

21 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2014

Date Written: 2014


Wouldn't it be ironic if, at an academic conference about the value of "intellectual diversity," everybody held pretty much the same views? This paper argues that the prevailing consensus about the value of intellectual diversity has much to commend it, but that ultimately intellectual diversity is a subordinate, instrumental value. The overriding objective is the pursuit of truth. Sometimes, the value of intellectual diversity furthers that objective; but sometimes it does not.

Keywords: legal education, higher education, colleges and universities, academic freedom, diversity, intellectual diversity

Suggested Citation

Paulsen, Michael Stokes, The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Diversity (2014). Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2014, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05, Available at SSRN:

Michael Stokes Paulsen (Contact Author)

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