21 May 2010
Board of Governors
Middlesex University inLondon
London NW4 4BT
Dear Members of the Board:
I write to express my outrage at the shameful decision of Middlesex
administrators to suspend Professors Peter Osborne and Peter Hallward, and to suspend students protesting the closure of the Philosophy program.
International condemnation of this decision will be swift and forceful. I
will do what I can at the University of California–as many of my colleagues will throughout the United States and around the world–to organize a public campaign against your university until you reinstate those suspended and reverse the closure of Middlesex Philosophy.
These decisions not only damage your own institution but work against the interests of all of those invested in the future of the Humanities — and indeed, the future of critical thought in general.
I urge the board to reverse these decisions; they are destroying the credibility of your university.
Department of English
University of California, Davis