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Academic freedom does not refer to freedom to engage in any speech act, but to freedom to hold any belief and espouse it in an appropriately academic manner. This freedom belongs to certain institutions, rather than to individuals, because of their academic nature. Academic freedom should be absolute, regardless of any offence it may on occasion cause.
Keywords offensiveness  academic freedom  freedom of speech  censorship  political correctness
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00433.x
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