Büttgen letter

Objet : Philosophy at Middlesex

Board of Governors

Middlesex University

The Burroughs

London NW4 4BT

Dear members of the Board of Governors,

The abrupt closure of all the programs of Philosophy at Middlesex for unwarranted reasons is a huge mistake, a shameful self-mutilation unworthy of a true university. It has raised a strong international solidarity with the members of the highly estimated Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.

The unbearable and irresponsible new decision of Middlesex’s management to suspend two professors, along with a number of Middlesex philosophy students that defended themselves publicly and pacifically, seriously aggravates the situation. This frightening threat to academic freedom is going to raise more stronger support to resist it.

It is your responsibility to help resolve all this crisis, starting with the immediate withdrawal of the suspension orders.


Dr. Philippe Büttgen

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Monothéismes

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Université Paris-Sorbonne

7, rue Guy-Môquet

F-94800 Villejuif



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