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    • Mervyn Doobov
    • 23.08.10 | 11:07 (IDT)

    All of the anti-"Im Tirzu" comments defend academic freedom as an absolute given. It is high time to accept that, just as freedom of speech is not absolute (shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theatre being the paradigmatic example of a limit), neither is academic freedom. I suggest that a teacher of political science may not pursue his personal political beliefs in the classrom, and neither should academic status be abused in support of those political beliefs outside the academy.

    from the article: Shut down the universities
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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