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A reader on the key ethical dilemmas confronting higher education

Moral Problems in Higher Education

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edited by Steven M. Cahn

"Moral Problems in Higher Education brings together essays on a wide range of central ethical issues in higher education and organizes them in a way that clearly presents the various aspects of the on-going philosophical analysis and debate of each issue. Some of the essays are classics. Others are superb examples of the power of philosophical analysis to elucidate complex topics. All are excellent."
Peter J. Markie, Professor/Curators Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri

Moral Problems in Higher Education brings together key essays that explore ethical issues in academia. The editor and contributors—all noted philosophers and educators—consider such topics as academic freedom and tenure, free speech on campus, sexual harassment, preferential student admissions, affirmative action in faculty appointments, and the ideal of a politically neutral university. Chapters address possible restrictions on research because of moral concerns, the structure of peer review, telling the truth to colleagues and students, and concerns raised by intercollegiate athletics.

Cahn selects two key readings in each area to offer a readable introductory guide to these critical subjects for students studying academic ethics and higher education policy. In addition to the selections and a general introduction, Cahn provides study questions for use in the classroom.

Contributors include Scott F. Aikin, Derek Bok, William G. Bowen, Myles Brand, Richard T. DeGeorge, Paul D. Eisenberg, Leslie Pickering Francis, Martin P. Golding, Philip Kitcher, Charles R. Lawrence III, David Lewis, Paul J. Olscamp, Nancy Tuana, David Shatz, George Sher, Robert L. Simon, Robert B. Talisse, Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom, Laurence Thomas, Robert Paul Wolff, and the editor.

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Reviews

"Moral Problems in Higher Education is well written and engaging. Cahn draws together a series of thoughtful reflections on important issues facing the academy. This is a very useful book for higher education administration and faculty leaders who should read—and enjoy—it."
Matthew Hartley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Higher Education Division in the School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

"This book would be useful for courses in higher education leadership or new president seminars offered by collegiate associations and schools of education. We yearn for morality in public life, and need more discussion of the moral issues facing higher education."
The New England Journal of Higher Education

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Contents

Preface • Steven M. Cahn

I. TENURE
1. The Justification of Academic Tenure • Richard T. De George
2. The Tenure Decision: Two Hard Cases • Paul J. Olscamp

II. FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS
3. Regulating Racist Speech on Campus • Charles R. Lawrence III
4. Campus Speech Restrictions • Martin P. Golding

III. SEXUAL HARASSMENT
5. Sexual Harassment: Offers and Coercion • Nancy Tuana
6. Consensual Sex on Campus • Leslie Pickering Francis

IV. PREFERENTIAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS
7. The Meaning of “Merit” • William G. Bowen and Derek Bok
8. Does Your “Merit” Depend upon Your Race? A Rejoinder to Bowen and Bok • Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom

V. PREFERENTIAL FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
9. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action • Steven M. Cahn
10. What Good Am I? • Laurence Thomas

VI. INSTITUTIONAL NEUTRALITY
11. Neutrality and Its Critics • Robert Paul Wolff
12. A Defense of the Neutral University • Robert L. Simon

VII. RESTRICTING RESEARCH
13. Constraints on Free Inquiry • Philip Kitcher
14. On the Ethics of Inquiry • Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aikin

VIII. ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE
15. Academic Appointments • David Lewis
16. Peer Review and the Marketplace of Ideas • David Shatz

IX. TELLING THE TRUTH
17. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth • Paul D. Eisenberg
18. The Letter Writer’s Dilemma • George Sher

X. INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
19. The Role and Value of Intercollegiate Athletics in Universities • Myles Brand
20. Intercollegiate Athletics and Educational Values: A Case for Compatibility • Robert L. Simon

Contributors

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About the Author(s)

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including, most recently, the 25th anniversary edition of Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia

Subject Categories

Education
Philosophy and Ethics
Political Science and Public Policy

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