Stanley Fish has a new post at the Times exploring the limits of academic freedom. Can a professor, for instance, turn a physics course into a seminar on political activism?
Those who would defend academic freedom would do well to remove the halo it often wears. Stay away from big abstractions and remain tethered to work on the ground.
Fish is looking for resources to help him say no, and I'm surprised he doesn't turn to Max Weber's famous "Science as a Vocation" lecture.
Those of our youth are in error who react to all this by saying, "Yes, but we happen to come to lectures in order to experience something more than mere analyses and statements of fact." The error is that they seek in the professor something different from what stands before them. They crave a leader and not a teacher. But we are placed upon the platform solely as teachers.