Marshall letter

From: William Marshall
Sent: 02 May 2010 16:25
Subject: Closure of Philosophy at Middlesex

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to express my deep dismay and disappointment at the news that Middlesex University intends to close down its programmes in Philosophy. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is world renowned for the quality and relevance of its work, and its number of graduate students is looked on with admiration and envy by Humanities departments up and down the UK. What is even more disturbing is the denial of the availability of such courses in a post-1992 institution with an admirably diverse social intake, with the risk that Philosophy as a discipline will become confined to ever more elite sectors. The fact that a logic of economic expediency and an exclusively corporate approach to running a University results in what amounts to a curtailing of academic freedom and even political censorship is particularly outrageous.

The lasting damage that this decision is inflicting on the national and international reputation of Middlesex University is enormous. I urge you to reconsider and to reverse the path you have taken.

Yours sincerely

Bill Marshall
Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK.

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