Academic Freedom and Tenure: Ethical Issues (Paperback)
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|Academic freedom and tenure, both cherished institutions of higher education, are currently under attack by many both outside and within the academy. Richard DeGeorge argues that they can be defended on ethical grounds only if they are joined with appropriate accountability, publicly articulated and defended standards, and conscientious enforcement of these standards by academic institutions and the members of the academic community. He discusses the ethical justification of tenure and academic freedom, as well as ethical issues in their implementation. He argues that academic freedom, which is the basis for tenure, is not license nor the same as freedom of speech. Properly understood and practiced, both academic freedom and tenure exist not to benefit faculty members or their institutions, but to benefit an open society in which they thrive and of which they are an important part. *Author: DeGeorge, Richard T./ Block, Walter E./ Fuchs, Ralph F. *Series Title: Issues in Academic Ethics *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 300 *Publication Date: 1997/06/12 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.96 x 5.90 x 0.58 inches|
Richard Rorty was a public philosopher best known for his brand of pragmatism. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Yale. After holding teaching posts at such esteemed universities as Princeton and the University of Virginia, Rorty moved to Stanford University as a professor of comparative literature and philosophy. His activity in the humanities was molded not only by his respect for American pragmatists, such as Dewey, but also by his incorporation of continental philosophers, such as Heidegger and Derrida, into his post-analytic philosophies of language and neo-pragmatism. A vocal and accessible philosopher, Rorty's most popular books are: PHILOSOPHY AND THE MIRROR OF NATURE, CONTINGENCY, IRONY, AND SOLIDARITY, and ACHIEVING OUR COUNTRY. His critics accused him at different times of relativism, inconsistency, and being an irreverent name-dropper. Yet, Rorty was, above all, a critical thinker engaged with social and epistemological questions of a contemporary and a timeless nature.