The Social Value of Academic Freedom Defended

13 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2016

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J. Peter Byrne

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2016


This essay argues for the social value of academic freedom in law schools and in the university generally. It takes explicit issue with the arguments of Stanley Fish in Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution. The essay maintains that academic freedom is essential to a liberal society and deserving of constitutional protection because scholarship and teaching governed by disciplinary norms represents modernity's best secular effort at separating truth from falsehood.

Suggested Citation

Byrne, J. Peter, The Social Value of Academic Freedom Defended (2016). Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 91, No. 1, 2015-2016, Available at SSRN:

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