Academic freedom in international higher education: right or responsibility?

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Abstract

This paper explores the conceptual history of academic freedom and its emergence as a substantive right that pertains to either the academic or the university. It is suggested that historical reconceptualisations necessitated by contingent circumstance may have led to academic freedom being seen as a form of protection for those working within universities whose national legislation recognises the right to teach and research without external interference, rather than as a responsibility to the wider society or to peers in other parts of the world, who do not enjoy the privilege of that right. I explore the value of academic freedom as both right and responsibility, particularly taking into consideration the ethical implications for both at the international level in higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
JournalEthics and Education
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2016

Keywords

  • Academic freedom
  • higher education
  • rights
  • responsibility
  • Lyotard

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