In Praise Of Dangerous Universities And Other Essays

In this book, philosophy professor Mark Mercer articulates a conception of the academic mission of universities as dispassionate inquiry.
Published on July 19, 2022

199pp ISBN: 9781777657765
Frontier Centre for Public Policy          April 2022

Mercer argues that taxpayers have two reasons to support universities that take this mission seriously. The first is that young people who graduate from universities will be able to think for themselves, and the second is that the research and scholarship emanating from universities will be trustworthy. To fulfil its academic mission, though, Mercer argues that universities must have a wide conception of freedom of expression and they must honour academic values and standards. But Mercer thinks that universities in Canada have lost their way.

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