Commentary: Truth-seeking is at the heart of every principle the University has

Myles McKnight
Daily Princetonian

Rabieh is correct to urge our University’s adoption of the Kalven principles of institutional neutrality. However, she is hopelessly mistaken in her attempt to separate the Kalven Report from the “truth-seeking argument” she claims I emphasize too much. What Rabieh misses is that the Kalven principles — and all sound principles of academic life — are correct precisely because they further our truth-seeking mission. Let me explain.

We are a community defined by our truth-seeking commitment. If our University’s truth-seeking mission were supplanted by any other goal or priority — such as athletic excellence or simply training a generation of “social justice” advocates — our University would be different in kind from the institution it is and aspires to be.