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The Evolving Social Purpose of Academic Freedom.

Authors
  • Dea, Shannon
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
31
Issue
2
Pages
199–222
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1353/ken.2021.0012
PMID: 34120954
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the face of the increasing substitution of free speech for academic freedom, I argue for the distinctiveness and irreplaceability of the latter. Academic freedom has evolved alongside universities in order to support the important social purpose universities serve. Having limned this evolution, I compare academic freedom and free speech. This comparison reveals freedom of expression to be an individual freedom, and academic freedom to be a group-differentiated freedom with a social purpose. I argue that the social purpose of academic freedom behooves an inclusive approach to group differentiation.

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