29 April 2010
Dear Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll:
I am writing to urge you to reverse your decision to close the Philosophy programmes at Middlesex University. I visited The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex to lecture a few years ago and was very impressed with the work done there. Not only is this a philosophy programme with very distinguished faculty but it is also distinctive in the anglophone world. Indeed whereas the majority of philosophy programs in the UK and the US focus on analytical philosophy, at Middlesex there is an extraordinary group of professors and students working on problems associate with Continental thought. In fact I can think of no other philosophy department in the US, UK, or Australia that rises to the level of Middlesex in this regard.
It would be a shame for scholars and students to lose such a unique and important philosophy programme. The loss would be for not only those in the UK but also us in the United States and elsewhere.
Professor of Literature
Duke University, USA