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 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.
"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."
"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."
Preface • Steven M. Cahn
II. FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS
III. SEXUAL HARASSMENT
IV. PREFERENTIAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS
V. PREFERENTIAL FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
VI. INSTITUTIONAL NEUTRALITY
VII. RESTRICTING RESEARCH
VIII. ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE
IX. TELLING THE TRUTH
X. INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
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