To the members of the board of governors of Middlesex University,
In light of the new escalation of the dispute regarding the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex, the suspension of Peter Osborne, Peter Hallward, Christian Kerslake and several students from the University for peacefully showing their concern and opposition, I would like to voice my dismay and anger against this absurd and incomprehensible overreaction. With this decision you have made it now impossible for all of the students to continue studying, an irresponsible behavior for governors of a University and utterly destructive and damaging to the whole University of Middlesex. I already expressed my disagreement with the closure of the Department of Philosophy. I urge you again, for the University’s own good, to reverse these actions.
Prof. Dr. h.c. Peter Weibel
Vorstand / Chairman and CEO
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The Department of Philosophy has its distinctive and vital role in the University. The closure of a philosophy department at Middlesex is a decision that is utterly untenable. I fully support Dr. Weibel’s call for the Middlesex University administrators to reverse their action.