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Published on Mar 31, 2018
Is the University About the Pursuit of Truth or about the Protection of Approved Ideas?
Most respectable academics today if asked the question of my title would say that of course the university is about the pursuit of truth and that there are no approved ideologies—that this is a paranoid right-wing fantasy. But if pressed on the matter of free speech, they would say that the university is a community based on the values of inclusion and diversity, and that one must balance freedom of expression with maintaining an environment where students can learn without discrimination and harassment. It sounds okay—but it means that considerations other than truth are now paramount at the university and in society at large.