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What snowflakes get right : free speech and truth on campus

Author: Ulrich Baer
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Angry debates about polarizing speakers have roiled college campuses. Conservatives accuse universities of muzzling unpopular opinions, betraying their values of open inquiry; students sympathetic to the left openly advocate against completely unregulated speech, asking for "safe spaces" and protection against visiting speakers and even curricula they feel disrespects them. Some even call these students  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ulrich Baer
ISBN: 9780190054199 0190054190
OCLC Number: 1137125132
Description: xxii, 189 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Free speech and the university : what is at stake --
From Skokie to Charlottesville : tolerating vs. condoning speech --
Free speech and equality : Frederick Douglass and our country's inalienable truths --
What "snowflakes" get right about free speech --
An unholy alliance : why liberals and conservatives agree when defending free speech in the university, but shouldn't --
The slippery slope, or who is to draw the line? --
Speech on campus : how it can work.
Responsibility: Ulrich Baer.

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"Angry debates about polarizing speakers have roiled college campuses. Conservatives accuse universities of muzzling unpopular opinions, betraying their values of open inquiry; students sympathetic to the left openly advocate against completely unregulated speech, asking for "safe spaces" and protection against visiting speakers and even curricula they feel disrespects them. Some even call these students "snowflakes"-too fragile to be exposed to opinions and ideas that challenge their worldviews. How might universities resolve these debates about free speech, which pit their students' welfare against the university's commitment to free inquiry and open debate?Ulrich Baer here provides a new way of looking at this dilemma. He explains how the current dichotomy is false and is not really about the feelings of offended students, or protecting an open marketplace of ideas. Rather, what is really at stake is our democracy's commitment to equality, and the university's critical role as an arbiter of truth. He shows how and why free speech has become the rallying cry that forges an otherwise uneasy alliance of liberals and ultra-conservatives, and why this First Amendment absolutism is untenable in law and society in general. He draws on law, philosophy, and his extensive experience as a university administrator to show that the lens of equality can resolve this impasse, and can allow the university to serve as a model for democracy that upholds both truth and equality as its founding principles." -- Amazon.com.

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Anyone who regards student protestors as over-sensitive, over-privileged narcissists will be moved by Ulrich Baer's new book to think again. Baer explains with great patience why the right to free Read more...

 
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