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Preface to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and the Threat to Academic Freedom

Lopez-Corredoira, Martin and Todd, Tom and Olsson, Erik J. (2022) Preface to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and the Threat to Academic Freedom.

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There can be no doubt that discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion or beliefs should not be tolerated in academia. Surprisingly, however, in recent years, policies of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity(DIE), officially introduced to counteract discrimination, have increasingly led to quite the opposite result: the exclusion of individuals who do not share a radical 'woke' ideology on identity politics (feminism, other gender activisms, critical race theory, etc.), and to the suppression of the academic freedom to discuss such dogmas. This subversion of academia ― disguised Trojan-horse style as universal human rights advocacy ― is unacceptable because academia must be politically neutral and protect freedom of speech, a cornerstone of professional scholarly activity without which universities as we know them will slowly but surely suffocate.

Our purpose here is to put together some particularly illustrative cases of such repression in a single book, testifying to a ubiquitous trend within western culture, irreducible to a few isolated complaints. The essays contained here illustrate the abuse of power, censorship and witch-hunts at many universities and research centres in the name of DIE.

List of coauthors in alphabetical order: Dorian Abbot, Tomonori Agoh, Gerhard Amendt, Ivar Arpi, David Benatar, Peter Boghossian, Civitas Research Team, David Díaz Pardo de Vera, Pedro Domingos, Janice Fiamengo, Étienne Forest, Jorge Gibert Galassi, Norman Goldstuck, José L. González Quirós, Lawrence M. Krauss, Patrick LaBelle, Martín López Corredoira, Heather Mac Donald, Martin Malmgren, Erik. J. Olsson, Jordan Peterson, Constantin Polychronakos, Philip C. Salzman, Alessandro Strumia, Tom Todd, Andrei Yafaev.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Lopez-Corredoira, Martinmartinlc@iac.es
Todd, Tom
Olsson, Erik J.
Additional Information: Posted here: Preface of the book only (with permission of the publisher).
Keywords: academic freedom, diversity, inclusion, equity, codes of conduct, political ideologies
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Martín López Corredoira
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 17:51
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2022 23:08
Item ID: 21414
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Official URL: http://books.imprint.co.uk/book/?gcoi=711571001018...
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 6 September 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21414

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