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Academics and ethics

In today’s Wall Street Journal, George Mason law professor Peter Berkowitz has a splendid article in which he observes that professors tend to overlook their own ethical lapses. Berkowitz asks some pointed questions, including:
How can universities respect both professors’ academic freedom and students’ right to be instructed in the diversity of opinions?
Is it consistent with their mission for university presses to publish books whose facts and footnotes they do not check?
A piece well worth reading!

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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