Global ethics and the role of academics
van den Anker, C. (2008) Global ethics and the role of academics. Human Rights Human Welfare Roundtable.
Publisher's URL: http://www.du.edu/korbel/hrhw/roundtable/2009/pane...
Academics have a social and professional responsibility that stems from their individual duties as global citizens. With their privileged position as lifelong learners they need to assess carefully where they direct their attention for research, their teaching and their exchange of knowledge with the wider public. This means that academic freedom does not only bring a range of rights, it also involves duties to develop and advocate ethical positions on real-life dilemmas and to engage in self-reflection on being in the role of contributing to oppression.
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