Demanding the Right to Be Offensive

26 February 2007 at 1:55 am 1 comment

| Nicolai Foss |

Here is an online campaign to defend unrestricted freedom of inquiry in universities, recently started by Academics for Academic Freedom. Its Statement of Academic Freedom reads:

‘We, the undersigned, believe the following two principles to be the foundation of academic freedom:    

(1) that academics, both inside and outside the classroom, have unrestricted liberty to question and test received wisdom and to put forward controversial and unpopular opinions, whether or not these are deemed offensive, and  
(2) that academic institutions have no right to curb the  exercise of this freedom by members of their staff, or to use it as grounds for disciplinary action or dismissal.’

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Leo Strauss, the Randian CBS Workshop on Knowledge Sharing

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