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Free Speech on Campus Hardcover – July 28, 2017
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"Ben-Porath's Free Speech on Campus firmly sets aside the sensationalism and venom we often see in off-campus discussion of university speech, in favor of a careful defense of 'inclusive freedom.' Her argument persausively emphasizes the fundamental compatibility between universities' commitments both to open inquiry and to open participation in the community of inquiry. This is not splitting the difference, but a principled argument that inclusion doesn't require censorship, and academic freedom is a value that can be open to all on America's diversifying campuses. A wise and valuable book."—Jacob T. Levy, McGill University
"What norms should govern free expression in the university? In this fine book, Ben-Porath dispels misconceptions about what is at stake in current controversies, and sets her answer in the broader context of the changing role of the university in a democratic society. Rich in examples and analysis, as well as in practical suggestions, her arguments are fair minded and important."—Debra Satz, Stanford University
"Free Speech on Campus makes a valuable contribution to a debate that has often been marred by confusion. In the campus context, Ben-Porath's argument that we may protect students from dignitary harm, but not from intellectual challenge, helps us to think clearly about the importance of not censoring speech on the basis of its intellectual content. Student activists, professors, and university administrators can all learn from reading this book."—Peter Singer, Princeton University
"In Free Speech on Campus, Ben-Porath persuasively shows how her ideal of inclusive freedom can protect academic freedom while also supporting the equal participation of vulnerable groups in academic life. Her book is a must-read for everyone interested in debates over controversial speech on campus."—Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Ben-Porath has joined the debate about campus speech with a strong and persuasive argument. She is especially good when she explains, very quietly, why civility is sometimes necessary and sometimes not."—Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study
About the Author
Sigal R. Ben-Porath is Professor of Education, Political Science, and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of Citizenship under Fire: Democratic Education in Times of Conflict and Tough Choices: Structured Paternalism and the Landscape of Choice. With Rogers M. Smith, she edited the volume Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.