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For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom
The authors offers a concise explanation of the history and meaning of American academic freedom and its attempts to intervene into contemporary debates by clarifying the fundamental functions and purposes of academic freedom in America.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Yale University Press
(first published April 21st 2009)
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Reminds us that the value of academic freedom (and the tenure system that is intended to protect it) is not for the benefit of the individual, or even of the institution, but of society as a whole. That determines whether tenure is something that can be opted out of by groups (like librarians) who don't want to do the extra work it requires. It can't, not without undermining the rationale for the whole edifice of higher education.