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Academics are, or ought to be, engaged in an impartial search for the truth. Many academics also are, but ought not to be, engaged in political activism. I defend a moral duty for academics to refrain from such activism. Ben Jones’ article in this journal rejects such a duty. This article responds to his objections, thereby more carefully formulating when and why political activism is morally problematic, and what burdens it may imply.


This is the accepted version of the following article:

van der Vossen, Bas. “Academic Activism Revisited.” Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 37, no. 2, 2020, pp. 249-257.

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