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Are Universities Liberal or Socratic?

  • Jonathan MarksEmail author
Symposium: Self-Censorship and Life in the Liberal Academy


Emily Chamlee-Wright does us a service by teaching that the discussion of speech in higher education ought not to stop at the question of who has the right to say what. If members of an intellectual community are to learn from each other, they need to develop an understanding of when to speak and when to hold back from speaking. I question, though, whether Adam Smith’s idea of the impartial spectator, seemingly conceived especially to damp down conflict among individuals who can’t get enough sympathy from each other, is appropriate for a community of truth-seekers.


Universities Liberalism Adam Smith Free speech 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ursinus CollegeCollegevilleUSA

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