Boston Harper Lecture: academic freedon: what is it and what is it good for?

Featuring Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values

Core academic freedom for faculty means freedom in research and teaching. Brian Leiter argues that limitations to this freedom are to be imposed only by the discipline in which the faculty member works, as assessed by other experts in the discipline. Academic freedom is justified for a reason given by Wilhelm von Humboldt and John Stuart Mill in the 19th century: it is conducive to the discovery and dissemination of truths about the world. In addition to reviewing this philosophical argument, Leiter will address legal approaches to academic freedom in the US, the UK, and Germany, as well as recent attempts to limit academic freedom by attributing magical powers to the mere expression of certain ideas.

Interested attendees may review a paper by Leiter on this topic.
harper_headshot_boston-10-25-2018Featured Faculty: Brian Leiter
Brian Leiter is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago. His books include Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002; 2nd ed., 2015), Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford, 2007), and Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013). In recent years, he has been writing about the philosophical foundations of freedom of speech and religion, as well as on thinkers like Marx, Nietzsche, and Herbert Marcuse.

Lecture Details

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies
Event Details:
6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception
Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.


Thursday, 10/25/18 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm | iCal


Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108 USA

[ Get Directions ]