Moral Problems in Higher Education

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Moral Problems in Higher Education brings together key essays that explore ethical issues in academia. The editor and contributors-all noted philosophers and educators-consider such topics as academic freedom and tenure, free speech on campus, sexual harassment, preferential student admissions, affirmative action in faculty appointments, and the ideal of a politically neutral university. Chapters address possible restrictions on research because of moral concerns, the structure of peer review, telling the truth to colleagues and students, and concerns raised by intercollegiate athletics.

Cahn selects two key readings in each area to offer a readable introductory guide to these critical subjects for students studying academic ethics and higher education policy. In addition to the selections and a general introduction, Cahn provides study questions for use in the classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439906583
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Steven M. Cahn I. TENURE

1. The Justification of Academic Tenure - Richard T. De George

2. The Tenure Decision: Two Hard Cases - Paul J. Oscamp


3. Regulating Racist Speech on Campus - Charles R. Lawrence III

4. Campus Speech Restrictions - Martin P. Golding


5. Sexual Harassment: Offers and Coercion - Nancy Tuana

6. Consensual Sex on Campus - Leslie Pickering Francis


7. The Meaning of “Merit” - William G. Bowen and Derek Bok

8. Does Your “Merit” Depend on Your Race? - Stephan Thernstrom

and Abigail Thernstrom


9. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action - Steven M. Cahn

10. What Good Am I? - Laurence Thomas


11. Neutrality and Its Critics - Robert Paul Wolff

12. A Defense of the Neutral University - Robert L. Simon


13. Constraints on Free Inquiry - Philip Kitcher

14. On the Ethics of Inquiry - Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aiken


15. Academic Appointments - David Lewis

16. Peer Review and the Marketplace of Ideas - David Shatz


17. The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth - Paul D.

18. The Letter Writer’s Dilemma - George Sher


19. The Role and Value of Intercollegiate Athletics in Universities -
Myles Brand

20. Intercollegiate Athletics and Educational Values - Robert L. Simon

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