• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author

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Yes—this I hold to with devout insistence, Wisdom's last verdict goes to say: He only earns both freedom and existence. Who must reconquer them each day.

Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

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Fidel Castro: A tragic cold war figure

How the US and Soviet Union helped turn Castro into a dictator.

Free speech is at grave risk on university campuses

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What's Happened to the University?

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The radical transformation that universities are undergoing today is no less far-reaching than the upheavals that it experienced in the 1960s. However today, when almost 50 per cent of young people participate in higher education, what occurs in universities matters directly to the whole of society.

On both sides of the Atlantic curious and disturbing events on campuses has become a matter of concern not just for academics but also for the general public. What is one to make of the growing trend of banning speakers? What’s the meaning of trigger warnings, cultural appropriation, micro-aggression or safe spaces? And why are some students going around arguing that academic freedom is no big deal?

What’s Happened To The University? offers an answer to the questions of why campus culture is undergoing such a dramatic transformation and why the term moral quarantine refers to the infantilising project of insulating students from offence and a variety of moral harms.

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How Trump triumphed in the battle for legitimacy

His victory speaks to an historic crisis of the American political class.

Cast out for criticising PC: the 21st-century inquisition

The punishment of NYU's Michael Rectenwald should worry us all.

The rise of safe space segregation

Campus identity politics has morphed into a new racialism.

Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read.

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Dare to know

Immanuel Kant’s ‘Dare To Know’ represented a foundational challenge to the Enlightenment. Yet, even today humanity finds it difficult to embrace new knowledge. This talk calls for the affirmation of the spirit of experimentation in every dimension of life.

Review: Free thought under siege

The battle over microaggressions going on at our universities is both a symptom and a cause of malaise and strife in society at large, writes Daniel Shuchman.

Universities hand students soft toys, puppies and bubble wrap to ease stress

Cats are among the animals offered by universities to calm stressed students, reports Sian Griffiths.

Experts condemn removal of suicide from A-level sociology syllabus

One of the country’s best known sociologists has condemned an exam board’s decision to remove the topic of suicide from the A-level sociology syllabus.

Kidulthood: why are we terrified of growing up?

As new research suggests that our brains don't reach adulthood until our mid-twenties, Sam Rowe asks whether we're becoming a generation of commitment phobic 'kidults'.