Academic ethics are currently much in the news but there is a great deal of uncertainty, both as to what constitutes specifically academic ethics and about a number of issues that are taken to be issues of academic ethics. This collection of papers focuses on both questions, moving from consideration of the very idea of a University and what that entails, via attempts to locate the major current concerns, to particular issues relating to the University's relations with the corporate world, the professor's role, relations between student and teacher, credentialling, the demands of collegiality and plagiarism. The editors have provided both a full and reasoned introduction and a critical end-piece that attempt to bring some order to the often inchoate nature of this field, raising the further question of whether institutions should, or should not, frame formal codes of conduct. The selected papers are drawn from diverse sources and together provide one of the first comprehensive overviews of academic ethics.
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Contents: Series preface; Introduction. Part I The Idea of a University: What is liberal education?, Leo Strauss; The idea of a university, Michael Oakeshott; The idea of a university in Newman, Oakeshott and Strauss, Timothy Fuller,; The academic ethic, Edward Shils; The politicization of the university and its consequences, Jean Bethke Elshstain; . Part II Contemporary Concerns: On academic delinquency, Theodore Roszak; The prospects for the university, John Searle; Academic corruption, John Kekes; Professional ethics, day by day, Wendy Wassyng Roworth; Dishonesty in the academy, Robert Hauptman; The morphing of the American academic profession, Martin Finkelstein. Part III The University and Business: Ethical issues at the university-industry interface: a way forward?, G.R. Evans and D.E. Packham; This little student went to market, David L. Kirp and Jeffrey T. Holman; The true scholar, Robert N. Bellah; The kept university, Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn; Inter-what? Banquo's Ghost at the electronic banquet, Mario Petrucci . Part IV The Professor: Power, pretense, and piggybacking: some ethical issues in teaching, Everett K. Wilson; Ethics in the academic profession: a Socratic view, Elias Baumgarten; A profile of the ethical professor: student views, Tara L. Kuther; My profession and its duties, George Sher; Professorial ethics, Michael Scriven; Autonomy and the very limited role of advocacy in the classroom, Joel J. Kupperman; A manifesto of the 21st century academic proletariat in North America, Douglas Mann and Heidi Nelson Hochenedel Part V Administration: Professional values and the allure of the market, Sheila Slaughter; The moral dimensions of academic administration, Rudolf H. Weingartner; Brave new university, Jeffrey Williams; Ethics, academic freedom and academic tenure, Richard T. de George; Is peer review overrated?, David Shatz Part VI Professors and Students: Political correctness as an academic discipline, Heinz-Joachim Klatt; Sexual harassmen
Robin Barrow is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.