American Philosophical Association statement
8 May 2010
Closure of Philosophy at Middlesex – Petition: The APA has learned that an administrative decision has been reached to close all Philosophy programs at Middlesex University, UK. Our British colleagues are calling for international solidarity, and a petition is circulating on an international scale. The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP) has circulated a link to this petition to all member societies. The APA’s Committee on International Cooperation has already joined the British Philosophical Association and the Australasian Association of Philosophy in a letter to appropriate administrators protesting this action. The link is here. Please read the petition and determine whether you would wish to add your name to the list of signers.
The Middlesex action is reprehensible in the extreme. It is an arbitrary administrative intervention that has no serious budgetary basis and that was taken without adequate consulting and survey procedures — which would have confirmed that the Middlesex philosophy department is truly distinguished, nationally as well as internationally, in the field of continental philosophy. Such action must be disputed and resisted — and decisively reversed. The outpouring of support from around the world for such reversal is truly extraordinary. I hereby challenge the Middlesex Board of Governors to re-consider their unwarranted closure of the philosophy department. – Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook; current President, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division.