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About bat020

bat020 is a journalist writer and activist based in London. interests include philosophy, Marxism, mathematics, technology and dance music. go to for long posts, @bat020 for short ones, for somewhere in between.

Write to protest against the closure decision

If you want to help stop the closure of philosophy at Middlesex, there are two simple actions you can do right away. The first is to sign the online petition protesting against the closure decision. We’ve had over 8,000 signatures … Continue reading

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FAQ on the financial situation of Philosophy at Middlesex

How could Philosophy at Middlesex be financially sustainable with an annual average of only 12 undergraduate students over the last 3 years? This figure refers to single honours BA students only. It is not the number of undergraduate students taking … Continue reading

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Nina Power’s Guardian article opposing the closure

Dr Nina Power, a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University, received her PhD from Middlesex’s threatened philosophy department. She has written an article for the Guardian’s Comment is Free site on why we must oppose plans to shut down … Continue reading

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Reactions from the New Statesman and Leiter Reports

Here’s Simon Reid-Henry in the New Statesman on why the attack on Middlesex philosophy is part of a wider assault on the humanities: The philosophy department at Middlesex is a case in point. This is one of the leading lights … Continue reading

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Petition to save Middlesex philosophy

Please take a moment to read this petition to save Middlesex’s philosophy department. You can sign it online at the GoPetition site. The abrupt closure of the Philosophy programmes at Middlesex University is a matter of national and indeed international … Continue reading

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Middlesex University announces the closure of its top-rated department: Philosophy

Late on Monday 26 April, the Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, Ed Esche, informed staff in Philosophy that the University executive had “accepted his recommendation” to close all Philosophy programmes: undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD. Philosophy is the … Continue reading

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