Stop the Philosophy Closure at Middlesex

Yesterday afternoon, the University of Middlesex abruptly announced that it would be closing its Philosophy department:

the philosophy department at Middlesex is one of the most important departments working on continental philosophy in the UK. It has, for a long time, been a centre for people working on critical theory, aesthetics, marxism, psycho-analysis, and radical philosophy. To say that such a department made no measurable contribution to the university is an absolute travesty. The figures speak for themselves, but do not show the great contribution that this department has made to academic life both in London and around the country. (

Education Activist Network supporters are invited to sign the petition:

Middlesex University has decided to close its CRMEP in the complete absence of any persuasive academic or economic rationale.  We, the undersigned, call on Middlesex University to reverse this damaging and ill-judged decision to close its Philosophy programmes, and to renew its commitment to widening participation in education and to excellence in research. (


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6 Responses to Stop the Philosophy Closure at Middlesex

  1. Susannah King says:

    Educational cuts appear to be based on statistics, where even logic is thrown to the wolves.

  2. Paula Lucido says:

    One of the reasons I was drawn to attending Middlesex University as a student was because of the its well-reputed Philosophy department.

    If it seems more appropriate for you to consider this in PR terms, by closing the philosophy department, you are committing PR suicide.

  3. Beverley Bennett says:

    I don’t understand why this cut would happen. A number of the Radical Philosophy writers come from Middlesex.

  4. Robert Andrew says:

    Philosophy should be considered a fundamental part of education curriculum because it is as importance to gain the understanding of reason and common sense above all else and knowing why that is necessary. Look at the social problems we face today with the ignorance and sycotic mentality which blindly threatens a civilised culture and society. It is often overlooked that such education is a non essential, but I feel it should be treated on a par with all others, if not more so, for aspiring to understanding our own human extremist bias with the aim to overcoming the narrow mental attitudes is a priceless gift for the overall benefit of our security in years to come. Who is prepared to do such a thing? Only those who are able to reason finance over true education.

  5. Kevin Sarsfield says:

    The UK in general and London in particular, are recognised worldwide as being in the forefront of intellectual, literary, artistic and design-based innovation and production. A vital driving force of all of these academic, practical and economic benefits to the country as a whole, is advancement in philosophical thought, critical theory and aesthetics. Any university willing to neglect these areas of study, risks sacrificing its prestige and influence. If Middlesex University wishes to preserve and enhance its status, it must maintain its Philosophy Department and contribute to a thriving intellectual life.

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