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Passing on the RightConservative Professors in the Progressive University$
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Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.001.0001

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The Consequences of a Progressive Professoriate

The Consequences of a Progressive Professoriate

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(p.165) 7 The Consequences of a Progressive Professoriate
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Passing on the Right
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Jon A. Shields

Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.003.0008

This chapter turns to a more difficult question: In what respects does the scarcity of conservatives matter? While there is little evidence of indoctrination, it seems doubtful that liberal professors generally prepare their students for a life as citizens by exposing them to broad range of conservative thinkers. Beyond the classroom the near absence of conservative thinkers undermines knowledge seeking by making it more difficult for scholars to converge on the best approximation of the truth. Without the reality check afforded by a more diverse professoriate, progressive professors are also tempted to abuse their intellectual authority outside the ivory tower.

Keywords:   sociology of knowledge, civic education, political socialization, confirmation bias, culture wars, abortion, same-sex marriage

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