Friday 10 August 2018

Tom Simpson on Academic Freedom

The latest Cambridge Paper from the Jubilee Centre is available online (here, from where a pdf can be downloaded), this one by Tom Simpson:

Tom Simpson, ‘Academic Freedom’, Cambridge Papers 27, 2 (June 2018).

Here is the summary:

‘There is a widespread perception that academic freedom is under threat, including in the UK. Is this true, and if so, does it matter? This paper suggests some Christian principles for valuing academic freedom, before considering the evidence for whether it is under threat and what may be done about this. It argues that although academic freedom exists in name, it is being eroded in practice. While academic freedom is a relatively recent doctrine, it is of great value, and its loss matters for the public good. The paper concludes with some proposals.’

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