Academic Freedom and Its Opponents

January 2012
Raritan;Winter2012, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p19
Academic Journal
In this article, the author argues that academic freedom should be understood as a form of political freedom. He explains how holding expertise on a certain subject can limit the freedom of speech that should be enjoyed by academics and professors by using the example of Israeli political scientist Neve Gordon, who received criticism after publicly arguing for a boycott of Israel following the country's 20008 attack on Gaza. The author also argues that scholar's freedom of speech should not be constrained by the views of his or her own colleagues.


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