Moral Problems in Higher Education

Edited by Steven M. Cahn
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264 pages
6 x 9

A reader on the key ethical dilemmas confronting higher education


"Moral Problems in Higher Education brings together essays on a wide range of central ethical issues in higher education and organizes them in a way that clearly presents the various aspects of the on-going philosophical analysis and debate of each issue. Some of the essays are classics. Others are superb examples of the power of philosophical analysis to elucidate complex topics. All are excellent."Peter J. Markie, Professor/Curators Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri

"Moral Problems in Higher Education is well written and engaging. Cahn draws together a series of thoughtful reflections on important issues facing the academy. This is a very useful book for higher education administration and faculty leaders who should read—and enjoy—it."Matthew Hartley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Higher Education Division in the School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

"This book would be useful for courses in higher education leadership or new president seminars offered by collegiate associations and schools of education. We yearn for morality in public life, and need more discussion of the moral issues facing higher education." The New England Journal of Higher Education

Table of Contents

Preface • Steven M. Cahn I TENURE 1 The Justification of Academic Tenure • Richard T. De George 2 The Tenure Decision: Two Hard Cases • Paul J. Olscamp II FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS 3 Regulating Racist Speech on Campus • Charles R. Lawrence III; 4 Campus Speech Restrictions • Martin P. Golding III SEXUAL HARASSMENT 5 Sexual Harassment: Offers and Coercion • Nancy Tuana 6 Consensual Sex on Campus • Leslie Pickering Francis IV PREFERENTIAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS 7 The Meaning of “Merit” • William G. Bowen and Derek Bok 8 Does Your “Merit” Depend upon Your Race? A Rejoinder to Bowen and Bok • Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom V PREFERENTIAL FACULTY APPOINTMENTS 9 Two Concepts of Affirmative Action • Steven M. Cahn 10 What Good Am I? • Laurence Thomas VI INSTITUTIONAL NEUTRALITY 11 Neutrality and Its Critics • Robert Paul Wolff 12 A Defense of the Neutral University • Robert L. Simon VII RESTRICTING RESEARCH 13 Constraints on Free Inquiry • Philip Kitcher 14 On the Ethics of Inquiry • Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aikin VIII ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE 15 Academic Appointments • David Lewis 16 Peer Review and the Marketplace of Ideas • David Shatz IX TELLING THE TRUTH 17 The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth • Paul D. Eisenberg 18 The Letter Writer’s Dilemma • George Sher X INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS 19 The Role and Value of Intercollegiate Athletics in Universities • Myles Brand 20 Intercollegiate Athletics and Educational Values: A Case for Compatibility • Robert L. Simon Contributors

About the Author(s)

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including, most recently, the 25th anniversary edition of Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia.