Academic Freedom: A Reply to Dr Brown

  • A. Phillips Griffiths


Dr Brown sets out three asumptions which, he argues, lead to the conclusion that certain freedoms should be allowed to academic persons as such, given a certain historical and social context, and allowing that these freedoms may be overridden by other considerations. The case is, briefly, this: Knowledge can be advanced only if objective standards are applied in deciding what counts as its advancement. This is often difficult to decide, but we can use further objective standards to decide who is competent to decide. But those so judged competent by such objective standards must obviously be left free to decide what lines of research they consider profitable and what communications they need to make to others, if they are to advance knowledge.


Common Good Academic Freedom Civil Liberty Objective Standard Spiritual Life 
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© Royal Institute of Philosophy 1975

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