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The Limits of Academic Freedom

From: Academic Freedom in Conflict


Joan Scott discusses the tensions inherent in the theory and practice of the academy as a self-regulating community. She explores those tensions and argues that, while they are unresolvable, they have to be addressed as the ideal of academic freedom must be pursued if we are to preserve what is best about universities and university education.



Joan W. Scott

JOAN W. SCOTT is Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author most recently of The Fantasy of Feminist History. She was a member of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 1993 to 2006, serving as Chair of the Committee from 1999 to 2005; she rejoined the committee in 2013. She is the author of several articles on academic freedom, “Academic Freedom as an Ethical Practice” in The Future of Academic Freedom,” edited by Louis Menand, and “Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom” in Social Research (Summer 2009).