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Intellectual Freedom

by Robert Keen Lamb - 1938

THURMAN ARNOLD and Stuart Chase have recently stirred up considerable interest in words as symbols and "the meaning of meaning." This is not an essay on semantics, but I would like to suggest the example of France where the phrase "Radical Socialist" means conservative republican, and, by way of parallel, ask what is the real meaning of the phrase "Intellectual Freedom"? Does it mean permanent tenure for docile Ph.D.'s? Does it mean a fortress for the critics of society? Does it mean the unrestricted pursuit of truth, provided, however, that the pursuit does not carry the pursuers outside the quiet compound of the institution?

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1938, p. 280-282
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13749, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 10:56:42 PM

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