Letter from American Philosophical Association Executive Committee

Dear Members of the Board:
We, the elected members of the American Philosophical Association Executive Committee (Eastern Division), note with grave concern the decision to terminate the philosophy program at Middlesex University. In the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise), Middlesex was rated first in philosophy among post-1992 universities in Britain, with 65% of its research activity judged “world-leading” or “internationally excellent.” By closing the Philosophy Department with no justification other than a very minor shortfall in revenues generated by this department, the high regard in which your university is held by as a research institution at home and abroad has been seriously compromised.

Submitted with Strong Conviction and in Unanimity,

Edward S. Casey, President, American Philosophical Association Executive Committee (Eastern Division)
Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Philosophy
Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Philosophy (Secretary-Treasurer, Eastern Division)
Donald Garrett, New York University, Department of Philosophy
Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University, Department of Philosophy
Howard McGary, Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy
Nancy Shermann, Georgetown University, Department of Philosophy
Ted Sider, New York University, Department of Philosophy
Walter Sinnott-Amrstrong, Duke University, Department of Philosophy
Cynthia Willet, Emory University, Department of Philosophy
Susan Wolf, North Carolina University, Department of Philosophy (President-elect, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division)


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