Zupancic letter


Mon, May 3, 2010

Respected colleagues,

I’ve recently learned about the decision of Middlesex University to close the Philosophy programmes, and I would like to express my bewilderment and join the growing international protest at this irrational and most damaging decision. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex is widely and internationally recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy. Many of its excellent scholars are recognized across the world as most eminent figures of contemporary philosophy. Their excellence extends to both their scientific and pedagogical work.

Our Institute is among the philosophical centres with which CRMEP and its scholars have collaborated in the past in a most fruitful way. I could thus say that closing of the Philosophy programs at Middlesex University would be an irredeemable blow for the development of international contemporary philosophical discussion.  Moreover, Middlesex University has decided to close its CRMEP not only in the complete absence of any persuasive academic, but also economic rationale. I therefore call on Middlesex University to reverse this damaging and ill-judged decision to close its Philosophy programmes, and to renew its commitment to widening participation in education and to excellence in research.

Dr. Alenka Zupancic
Institute for Philosophy
Scientific Research Centre
Slovene Academy of Sciences

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2 Responses to Zupancic letter

  1. I am outraged at this decision. Students have to be significant academic level to study this subject and yet you want to close your course down. I presume, therefore you don’t want England to have academics in this country and want to go back to the dark ages. This is unthinkable.

  2. Please reply to this as my nefew is studying at Oxford. This petition should be enhanced and sent to whatever government we end up with after this unbelievable election, as unbelievable as your decision to close down this course.

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