[UCP Books]: Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution

“America’s English Professor."
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“Whether people like Fish or not, they tend to find him fascinating."
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“Fish’s pieces on higher education and American culture circulate perhaps more than anyone else’s in academe."
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Versions of Academic Freedom

From Professionalism to Revolution

Publication date: October 28, 2014 978-0-226-06431-4
International publication date: November 10, 2014 $24.00/£17.00



If there’s a single thing that professors and scholars can agree on, it’s the importance of academic freedom. Yet even as questions of academic freedom regularly flare into controversy (such as the University of Illinois’ rescinded job offer to scholar Steven Salaita over inflammatory comments about Israel and Palestine, or last spring’s wave of protests over commencement speakers), people on all sides of the debates seem to have trouble even defining the concept.

Stanley Fish is here to help. With his usual bracing, take-no-prisoners style of argument, and his clear, clean prose, he lays out the various definitions of academic freedom—and arguments for its importance—and destroys them one by one, leaving the field clear for a no less essential, yet much more carefully delimited, conception of academic freedom that puts it in service of an academic’s fundamental work: the pursuit of scholarly inquiry. No one else writing today occupies Fish’s position between the academy and the general public, and Versions of Academic Freedom is sure to cause controversy—and change minds.

Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Florida International University and the Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, as well as the author of many books.

Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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