Talking Points: Joan Scott on Free Speech

We can respect the right of free speech without having to respect the ideas being uttered. Critical thinking is precisely not a program of neutrality, not tolerance of all opinion, not an endorsement of the idea that anything goes. It is about how one brings knowledge to bear on criticism; it is a procedure, a method that shapes and disciplines thought.

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, in “How the Right Weaponized Free Speech,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 7, 2018,