Academic Freedom: What, Where, When, How?

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

—Bacon

All Freedom is academic.

—Pogo

The faith of the U.S. university is that free trade in ideas leads to knowledge and wisdom. That this concept is flourishing was clear at the recent 49th annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors in San Francisco. Yet academic freedom remains a vexed issue because the ideals work out in practice as a tough position on the part of the professors: that colleges shall not fire professors who profess to be seeking truth, even when the professor's "truth" diametrically opposes everyone else's.

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