On the Duty of Scholars to Aid Their Persecuted Peers

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Global threats to academic freedom are multiplying not only in an era of authoritarian resurgence, but also – less overtly – in an era of increasingly managerial governance of higher-education sectors in democratic nations, where protection of institutional revenue streams, and of institutional reputation, may take priority over protection of scholars' and students' academic freedoms. In such circumstances, justifications for rendering aid to at-risk scholars and students have become obscured. This article argues that the Kantian concept of imperfect duty can be adapted to theorizing collective, institutional obligations to aid those scholars and students, undertaken in light of academic freedom as a constitutive institutional value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-549
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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  • Philosophy


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