, Volume 56, Issue 6, pp 607–610 | Cite as

The Value of Pluralism in the Academy

  • Keith E. WhittingtonEmail author
Symposium: Self-Censorship and Life in the Liberal Academy


Sustaining a climate that encourages free speech and free inquiry is a persistent challenge in the university setting, just as it is in society more broadly. Appropriate institutional protections and policies can help protect against the censorious suppression of unorthodox views, but the problem of self-censorship by faculty and students alike might be a harder problem to solve. Creating safeguards so that dissenters from local orthodoxies do not fear reprisals is only a first step toward reducing the temptation to self-censorship. Constructing a pluralistic intellectual environment and nurturing a culture of critical dialogue and skeptical inquiry will help draw out a more robust exchange of ideas.


Higher education Professors Diversity Academic freedom Pluralism Free inquiry Free speech 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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