Patrick Deneen has argued that both the philosophy of liberalism and the principle of academic freedom are fundamentally flawed. In this piece I argue that the liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill provides a convincing counterargument to Deneen’s criticisms.

Author information: Dan Becker graduated from Ursinus College in May of 2019 with degrees in philosophy and psychology.


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