ESEP 15:95-104 (2016)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00167

Rethinking academic freedom

Francesca Minerva*

Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, University of Ghent, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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ABSTRACT: The new media offer a valuable tool to spread the results of academic research outside the boundaries of academia, but they can also have a chilling effect on academic freedom. In this paper, I argue that we need to rethink academic freedom in the light of the enormous changes in communication and dissemination of ideas provided by the new media. I also argue that we need to develop strategies that would help us best use the potential of the Internet, while limiting as much as possible its potential threats to academic freedom.


KEY WORDS: Academic freedom · New media · Internet · Academic ethics


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Cite this article as: Minerva F (2016) Rethinking academic freedom. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 15:95-104. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00167

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