Monday, December 20, 2010

Fish head

Sounding like a founding No Labeler, Stanley Fish once again pretends to be evenhanded in the battle between conservatives and lefties over academic bias, indoctrination, funding, and all that happy crappy. His focus is a new book, Academic Freedom in the Post-9/11 Era, "which boasts a roster of prominent left-wing academics including Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Ward Churchill, Henry Giroux, Norman Finkelstein and Cary Nelson," and which, to Fish, is remarkable for "how conventional (for me a good word) and, yes, conservative, [its] authors are both in their pronouncements and their performances."

This includes Wart, whose "lengthy essay" is
free of political posturing. His concern is with due process, academic integrity and the freedom the University of Colorado Regents’ statement proclaims, the freedom “to discover, publish and teach truth as the faculty member sees it, subject to no control or authority save the control and authority of the rational methods by which truth is established.”
Merry Christmas.

Update: Oh, all right.

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