Bartlett, Clemens & colleagues letter

Dear Professors Driscoll, Ahmad, House and Esche,

We the undersigned are stunned to hear of the decision by Middlesex University to close the CRMEP.  The research produced by CRMEP scholars has been invaluable in the field and far reaching. Among Australian philosophers the CRMEP is widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy. The work carried out at CRMEP has been a major influence on our own research and on the style and form of its transmission. The educational force of CRMEP is extensive, and the integrity of its research unquestionable. Its closure further attests to the contemporary fetish for the appearance of education whose price is, as always, the wilful betrayal of its reality.  This decision by the administration puts it in line with that sorry tradition, dating back to philosophy’s founding, which seeks to put an end to any truly educational program lest it be an example to others. With this decision Middlesex surrenders its claim to be one of the important intellectual institutions of our time.

Dr Adam Bartlett, University of Melbourne.

Dr Justin Clemens, University of Melbourne.

Helen Johnson, Artist/Lecturer, RMIT.

Dr Chris van Rompaey,  Deakin University.

Mairead Phillips, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne.

Dr Alex Ling, University of Melbourne.

Jessica Whyte, Monash University.

Peter Eade, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne.

Nicholas Heron, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Julian Meyrick, La Trobe University.

Darshana Jayemanne, University of Melbourne.

Dr Hélène Frichot, RMIT University.

Antonia Pont, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne.

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