Ethics, academic freedom and academic tenure

Journal of Academic Ethics 1 (1):11-25 (2003)
Universities can and have existed without academic freedom and academic <span class='Hi'>tenure</span>. But academic freedom is necessary for a university dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in a democratic society. Both academic freedom and academic <span class='Hi'>tenure</span> are not only rights but also carry with them moral obligations. Furthermore academic <span class='Hi'>tenure</span> is the best defense of academic freedom that American universities have found. Academic <span class='Hi'>tenure</span> can be successfully defended from the many contemporary attacks to which it is being subjected only insofar as it is necessary to defend academic freedom, and only if all involved in the system of <span class='Hi'>tenure</span> observe the ethical requirements that the system demands.
Keywords academic freedom  ethics  job security  tenure  universities
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DOI 10.1023/A:1025421706331
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