Reexamining Academic Freedom in Religiously Affiliated Universities

Transcending Orthodoxies

  • Kenneth Garcia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview and Historical Background

  3. Academic Freedom and the Natural Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
  4. Religion and Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
      Pages 97-110
  5. Academic Freedom, Social Science, and Philosophy: What Went Wrong?

  6. Academic Freedom, Theology, and Religious Authority

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-223

About this book


Kenneth Garcia presents an edited collection of papers from the 2015 conference on academic freedom at religiously affiliated universities, held at the University of Notre Dame. These essays reexamine the secular principle of academic freedom and discuss how a theological understanding might build on and further develop it. 

The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the leading advocate of academic freedom in America. In October 2015, the University of Notre Dame convened a group of prominent scholars to consider how the concept and practice of academic freedom might evolve. The premise behind the conference was that the current conventional understandings of academic freedom are primarily secular and, therefore, not yet complete. The goal was to consider alternative understandings in light of theological insight. Theological insight, in this context, refers to an awareness that there is a surplus of knowledge and meaning to reality that transcends what can be known through ordinary disciplinary methods of inquiry, especially those that are quantitative or empirical. Essays in this volume discuss how, in light of the fact that findings in many fields hint at connections to a greater whole, scholars in any academic field should be free to pursue those connections. Moreover, there are religious traditions that can help inform those connections. 


Academic freedom Religious freedom Religious universities Universities Orthodoxy Christianity Catholic higher education Catholic university

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Notre Dame Notre DameUSA

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