Free Speech on Campus

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If the university had a constitution, would it contain a free speech provision as the U.S. Constitution does? In Free Speech on Campus, Martin P. Golding confronts this question, examining issues of principle in the debate over campus speech. Golding suggests that the University is a special social institution that has as its goal the dissemination and advancement of knowledge, and he explores some of the implications of this approach, including its implication for faculty hiring. Golding examines the claim that ...

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Overview

If the university had a constitution, would it contain a free speech provision as the U.S. Constitution does? In Free Speech on Campus, Martin P. Golding confronts this question, examining issues of principle in the debate over campus speech. Golding suggests that the University is a special social institution that has as its goal the dissemination and advancement of knowledge, and he explores some of the implications of this approach, including its implication for faculty hiring. Golding examines the claim that there are academic orthodoxies in the University that inhibit the introduction of new ideas and methods, and he critically discusses in detail arguments that have been advanced for campus speech codes. Students and teachers in every discipline will find this book engaging and illuminating; it is especially relevant for ethicists and philosophers of education.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of The American Psychoanalytic Association
Provides a useful road map of the central issues involved in evaluating campus speech along with sketches of the principal arguments. There is no need to agree with Golding's conclusions to benefit greatly from reading his book.
Journal Of The American Psychoanalytic Association
Provides a useful road map of the central issues involved in evaluating campus speech along with sketches of the principal arguments. There is no need to agree with Golding's conclusions to benefit greatly from reading his book.
University Business
A remarkable dissertation of various arguments for, and recent promulgations of speech codes on American campuses. Golding is amazingly fair and rational, as well as delightfully candid about his own views on this ideologically hot subject. . . . Its tight analysis displays a rare type of unruffled philosophical beauty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687923
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Issues in Academic Ethics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 128
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin P. Golding is professor of philosophy and law at Duke University. He is the author of Philosophy of Law and Legal Reasoning, and the editor of The Nature of Law and Jewish Law and Legal Theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Campus Speech Issues 1
2 The Constitution of Learning 15
The University as a Marketplace of Ideas 15
A Constitutional Sine Qua Non: Specialist Faculty 18
The Pursuit of Knowledge 21
Is It a Myth? 25
3 Campus Speech and Unacceptable Ideas 33
"Dangerous" Ideas in the Marketplace of Ideas 33
Exclusion of Ideas from the University? 36
An Illustration: The Argument over Sociology 37
The Academician's Dilemma 43
4 Campus Speech Restrictions I 47
Varieties of Speech Restrictions 47
Preliminaries of Speech Codes 48
Words That Wound 50
Insult as Assault 51
Some Questions on Delgado's Approach 52
The Racial Insult as a Message of Subordination 55
The Stanford Policy 58
5 Campus Speech Restrictions II 71
The Victim's Perspective and Hate Speech 72
The University as Safe Harbor 73
Sanitized Racism and Anti-Semitism 78
Hostile Environment and Verbal Harassment 83
App. A John Doe v. University of Michigan 95
App. B Speech and Speech Acts 107
Index 115
About the Author 118
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