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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the by Derek Bok

By Derek Bok

Derek Bok examines the advanced moral and social concerns dealing with glossy universities this day, and indicates techniques that would permit the tutorial establishment either to serve society and to proceed its fundamental venture of training and research.

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An very important treatise. the 1st severe try out considering that Clark Kerr's 1963 The makes use of of the collage to investigate the position of the collage in sleek society...The publication serves as a place to begin for what's more likely to be crucial college debate within the decade forward. (Los Angeles instances ebook Review)

A reasoned, compassionate and eventually conservative view of the university's ethical starting place and accountability to society...[Bok] expresses his radical trust within the necessity of educational freedom whereas noting the strings which are hooked up to that freedom.. As a coarse roadmap of 1 manner universities can proceed...this ebook is a catalyst and a hit. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Derek Bok offers an incredibly good written, considerate and cogent research of a few of the main complicated and emotional matters earlier than larger schooling this present day. (Washington submit booklet global)

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In view of these problems, is there any compelling reason for the university to intervene in such cases instead of leaving this duty to the civil authorities whom society has entrusted with the task of enforcing the law? In certain instances, academic institutions may be compelled to act in order to protect their members from dangers to personal safety or property. An administration may decide that it cannot run the risks involved in hiring a professor who has repeatedly engaged in petty theft or exhibited dangerous psychopathic tendencies.

In these ways faculty members would be restrained in the exercise of a freedom that is central to their calling. The university would be unable to secure the services of professors who could contribute substantially to the institution. And society would suffer the loss of new ideas and discoveries in fields that proved too controversial to attract able scholars. Because of these dangers, universities generally agree that they should not penalize a professor or block his promotion or appointment because they disapprove of his political, economic, or moral views.

At the same time, just as educators may have inflated notions about the proper scope of institutional autonomy, so may public servants exaggerate their ability to benefit the public by enacting rules and restrictions. Experience teaches us that government intrusion has serious limitations and costs that are inherent in the very process of public regulation. To begin with, the officials who enact and interpret our laws often make mistakes. They may err because they do not adequately understand the institutions they seek to regulate.

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