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Stanley Fish Explores Academic Freedom (And Agrees with Himself)

The New York Times | Stanley Fish | Feb 15, 2009

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“[A]cademic freedom has in recent decades increasingly come to be conceived of as an individual right to be asserted against all forms of university regulation.” It may be that most of those who hold this view would stop far short of the actions performed by Rancourt, but what Finkin and Post call “this antinomianism” (the refusal to accept external constraints on the promptings of conscience and the inner light) is, as they say, inherently “corrosive,” and what it corrodes is any sense of responsibility to the institution.

[...] the university may pay my salary, provide me with a platform, benefits, students, an office, secretarial help and societal status, but I retain my right to act in disregard of its interests; indeed I am obliged by academic freedom to do so.

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