[Milton-L] Stanley Fish op-ed article

Nancy Charlton pluscachange at comcast.net
Sun Jul 23 09:30:56 EDT 2006

While only peripherally related to Milton, the NY Times today 
features an op-ed piece on academic freedom by Stanley Fish in his 
current incarnation as a "law professor at Florida International University."

The URL is : http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/23/opinion/23fish.html?th&emc=th

He reminds us that academic freedom is not freedom to say anything at 
all, but to study anything at all. Even things most people consider 
hoky or ridiculous, such as Holocaust bashing or astrology can be 
worthy of study if they illuminate now-outmoded thinking. His example 
is that a study of astrology may explain much in, say, Shakespeare, 
Dante, and Chaucer. Or that conspiracy theory may yield valuable 
insights into events like 9/11.

Nancy Charlton


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