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A new journal is about to be launched by a bunch of academics who think censorship in academia has gone too far.

The proposed journal would be called the Journal of Controversial Ideas which looks to combat academic censorship.

One of the editors, Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton, has long stirred the pot on controversial issues such as abortion and euthanasia.

“I favor the ability to put new ideas out there for discussion, and I see an atmosphere in which some people may be intimidated from doing that,” Singer said in a comment to the Chronicle. “The idea is to establish a journal where it’s clear from the name and object that controversial ideas are welcome.”

Other professors gave a celebratory shout-out of the proposed journal’s announcement. Professor Christina Sommers, a former philosophy professor, said on Twitter that the “new academic journal will allow free and open discussion of forbidden ideas.”

Other professors chimed in and said look forward to contributing to the journal’s mission of eliminating censorship.

Robert George, a conservative Princeton Professor said in a tweet that he would be part of the journal’s editorial board. “I’ve joined the editorial board of the Journal of Controversial Ideas. Some articles will offend progressives; others will offend conservatives (including me),” he tweeted. “The point, however, is not to offend but to open minds & provoke critical thinking on all sides.”

Some professors said they did not like the idea of the journal’s proposed anonymous contributors. Musa al-Gharbi, a senior fellow for Heterodox Academy, thinks that in order for others to discuss ideas that are taboo openly, they should not hide and they should hold the line against censorious trends.

 

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