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What Snowflakes Get RightFree Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus$
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Ulrich Baer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190054199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190054199.001.0001

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Speech on Campus

Speech on Campus

How It Can Work

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(p.145) 7 Speech on Campus
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What Snowflakes Get Right
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Ulrich Baer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190054199.003.0007

How can we find rules that respect the university’s commitment to academic freedom while creating an environment where everyone can contribute to teaching and research in truly equal ways? A first step is to recognize that the campus controversies are not about offended feelings but about truth and equality in our democracy. A second step is not to overplay these controversies but realize the speakers are turned down routinely who lack qualifications or standing. The line can be drawn at speech that denies the humanity of some groups because it is non-scientific and advocates illegal actions under our nation’s laws.

Keywords:   Chapter, hate speech, free speech, Yale, Halloween controversy, pseudo-science, Charles Murray, Donald Trump

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