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The Relation between Academic Freedom and Free Speech

Simpson, R; (2020) The Relation between Academic Freedom and Free Speech. Ethics: an international journal of social, political, and legal philosophy , 130 (3) pp. 287-319. 10.1086/707211. Green open access

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Abstract

The standard view of academic freedom and free speech is that they play complementary roles in universities. Academic freedom protects academic discourse, while other public discourse in universities is protected by free speech. Here I challenge this view, broadly, on the grounds that free speech in universities sometimes undermines academic practices. One defence of the standard view, in the face of this worry, says that campus free speech actually furthers the university’s academic aims. Another says that universities have a secondary democratic function, which cannot be fulfilled without free speech on campus. I identify shortcomings in both types of arguments.

Type: Article
Title: The Relation between Academic Freedom and Free Speech
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/707211
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/707211
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083401
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