For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom

Yale University Press (April 2009)

By Robert C. Post & Matthew W. Finkin

Review By: Jessica Kaplan

"It all started a few thousand years back with a naked couple and an apple. Since then, scholars have been toiling with what knowledge is acceptable to consume and share. In their new book, For the Common Good, Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post provide a context for the current debates regarding what professors can and cannot do, in and out of the classroom.

They begin with the benchmark 1915 Declaration of Principles of Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure drafted by the American Association of University Professors, and the subsequent 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure jointly drafted by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges. These documents establish the expectation that “institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.”

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