To: St Mary's University, Twickenham

Please do not close the Philosophy Programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham

Please do not close the Philosophy Programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham

We would like to urge St Mary's University not to close it's Philosophy Programme.

Why is this important?

We, the undersigned, urge the management at St Mary’s University not to close its Philosophy Programme, and to continue to offer students the opportunity to take a BA degree in Philosophy.

St Mary’s offers single-honours degrees in Philosophy, as well as some joint-honours degrees with other subjects. It is known locally for its annual series of public lectures sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, which are well-attended by members of the community. Students and graduates value the discussion and innovative, dialogue-led teaching, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement. These methods promote independence of thought and encourage intellectual curiosity both within and outside the academy.

St Mary’s University has a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, and cites core values such as inclusiveness, generosity of spirit, respect and excellence. The diversity and creativity exemplified in teaching and research by the Philosophy team epitomise these values. Diversity is also reflected in the composition of the team itself (for instance, surpassing the 2011 UK average of just 24% of permanent posts held by women in philosophy). [1]

By keeping the programme open, the institution have the opportunity to make a statement of intent: St Mary’s upholds the values of inquiry, scholarship and independence of thought; it upholds the value of the arts and humanities for everyone, especially in difficult times; and its support will not waver.

We encourage St Mary’s to take this opportunity.

[1] Beebee, H. and Saul, J., 2011. Women in Philosophy in the UK: A Report by the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy UK. Joint BPA/SWIP Committee for Women in Philosophy. http://bpa.ac.uk/uploads/2011/02/BPA_Report_Women_In_Philosophy.pdf

St Mary's University, Twickenham, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham

Reasons for signing

  • Philosophy is essential in a university because it studies and evaluates the foundations of all ways of knowing. Without it you can have as many other departments as you like but you don't have a university in any meaningful sense because there is no unifying discipline.
  • Philosophy is at the heart of St Mary's current vision statement (the philosophy of Newman) - why would anyone want to get rid of something that's fundamental to their beliefs and future aspirations.
  • "Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophical thought has done its best, the wonder remains." Alfred North Whitehead

Updates

2017-05-28 09:20:04 +0100

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2017-05-24 09:18:36 +0100

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2017-05-24 07:00:35 +0100

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2017-05-23 23:09:27 +0100

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