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Speak Freely

Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

Keith E. Whittington

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Princeton University Pres
01 March 2019
Ethical issues: censorship; Philosophy & theory of education; Universities; Politics & government; Law & society; Constitutional & administrative law
Series: New Forum Books
Free speech is under attack at colleges and universities today, as critics on and off campus challenge the value of freewheeling debate. In Speak Freely, Keith Whittington argues that universities must protect and encourage vigorous free speech because it goes to the heart of their mission to foster freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance. Examining hot-button issues such as trigger warnings, safe spaces, hate speech, disruptive protests, speaker disinvitations, and the use of social media by faculty, Speak Freely describes the dangers of empowering campus censors to limit speech and enforce orthodoxy. It explains why universities must make space for voices from both the Left and Right. And it points out how better understanding why the university lives or dies by free speech can help guide students, faculty, administrators, and alumni when faced with unpopular, hateful, or dangerous speech. Timely and vitally important, Speak Freely shows why universities can succeed only by fostering more free speech, more free thought - and a greater tolerance for both.
By:   Keith E. Whittington
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   61
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191522
ISBN 10:   0691191522
Series:   New Forum Books
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   01 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

Reviews for Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

A timely defense of intellectual debate and critical thinking. . . . In the current divisive political climate, Whittington shows why safeguarding the civil exchange of diverse ideas is an urgent need. -Kirkus Reviews The best of the recent books on free speech and higher education. -James Stoner, Law and Liberty Cogent and compelling. . . . Speak Freely supplies clarity and good sense to a subject that has been receiving a lot more heat than light. -Glenn C. Altschuler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Involve[s] readers in the pleasures of confronting a difficult problem, treating the dangerous views of determined adversaries with an open mind and proceeding with greater confidence as a result. -Jonathan Marks, Wall Street Journal [A] sophisticated and coolheaded defense of free speech. -Peter Berkowitz, Real Clear Politics


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