The ideal of academic freedom is the cornerstone of higher education, and one of the most important manifestations of freedom of thought and expression. In "Academic Freedom," Conrad Russell draws on his extensive knowledge of the worlds of academia and government to provide an assessment of what government can and cannot do without impinging on academic freedom. He is further aided by the philosophical influence of his father, Bertrand Russell, whose academic career notoriously tested the limits of what academic freedom means in a democratic society.
Rapid and controversial changes in the organization of higher education have had important implications for academic freedom. Since 1981, the relationship between the universities and the government in England has been at one of its lowest points. Conrad Russell achieves a new vision of the boundary between the traditional autonomy and academic freedom of universities and the authority of the government.
Written from a liberal Democratic point of view, "Academic Freedom" provides a historical and philosophical account of the nature of academic freedom, and a thorough study of universities' claims to autonomy and the limits of the government's power to plan. By examining the rights and conflicting demands of the two, Russell redefines the powers of both.
"In his passionate polemic . . . Conrad Russell points out . . . how academic freedom, consisting as it must in the ability to decide what and how to teach as well as what to study and say, is being eroded; how the principles of academic freedom and public accountability have come into conflict."
-"The Times Higher Education Supplement
." . . a brilliant book, sparkling, hard, rock-like . . . I greatly enjoyed it."
." . . the book is timely and relevant . . [Russell's] eloquent and engaging style makes it clear why academic freedon is worth great effort to preserve."
-"The Journal of Educational Thought
"This book is an extraordinarily lucid account of what academic freedom means and of its importance for the academic world . . . It could not be more topical."
|The Ideal of Academic Freedom||p. 15|
|The Limits of Academic Freedom||p. 41|
|Mapping the Borders||p. 59|
|Unit Costs||p. 83|
|Epilogue: (April 1992)||p. 105|
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Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 13th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1