Teaching political philosophy and academic neutrality

Avner de-Shalit*

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Should lecturers who teach political philosophy hide their personal political beliefs? This question becomes interesting when lecturers face what seems to be morally repugnant policies, such as massive human rights violations. In such cases is there a conflict between a lecturer's civic and political obligations and his/her academic and pedagogical ones? This article argues that while university lecturers should not adhere to academic neutrality, they should be impartial. While arguing this a distinction is drawn between paternalism and empowerment through teaching.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)97-120
Number of pages24
JournalTheory and Research in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • academic neutrality
  • empowerment
  • impartiality
  • objectivity
  • political philosophy


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