• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: academic freedom and free speech

Minding our language breeds cynicism and cultural dishonesty

One of the most disturbing developments in the cultural life of the West is the casual acceptance of the policing of language.

FiveBooks Interviews: Claire Fox on freedom of speech

Modern society has interpreted John Stuart Mill's concept of tolerance to mean that we should avoid giving offence. The director of the Institute of Ideas tells us about books that show how far we've departed from what was meant

Can we tolerate intolerance?

Time and again interviewers ask me ‘can we tolerate intolerance’? Such questions continually signal the idea that tolerance is a freedom that can only be endowed to those who deserve it.

‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’

Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.

A professional masquerade

Demands that scholars like David Starkey not speak outside their subject threaten intellectual freedom.

Up the Yid Army!

The campaign to cleanse Britain’s football terraces of the Y-word is a patronising assault on Tottenham Hotspur fans’ pride and identity.

On tolerance, the ethos of intolerance, and intellectual courage

Frank Furedi contributes to the series on ‘interculturalism and pluralism’, on the blog of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Scientists.

Our job is to judge

Academics without the freedom to exercise judgement are not true academics. Frank Furedi explains why scholars must resist the rise of proceduralism.

Recasting betrayal as a democratic virtue

Kicking off a new series of essays, Frank Furedi says the deification of leakers and whistleblowers is bad for democracy, debate and private life.

Only intellectual cowards demand ‘gross intolerance’

The modern men of science who want to silence quacks are ironically on the same side as pre-Enlightenment religious dogmatists.

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