Nonostante eccellenza, merito e ottimo piazzamento nei ranking inglesi, la Middlesex University chiude il dipartimento di Filosofia per motivi puramente finanziari, tra l’altro non del tutto chiariti, e conferma la tendenza, diffusa anche in atre università, a screditare sempre più le discipline umanistiche. L’episodio ha suscitato forti polemiche e trovato il supporto di persone e istituzioni in molti Paesi. Oggi, studenti e docenti hanno occupato l’università.
«Sto lavorando duro per preparare il mio prossimo errore.»
“I’m having a hard time; I’m preparing my next mistake.”
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The abrupt closure of the Philosophy programmes at Middlesex University is a matter of national and indeed international concern. Not only does it flatly contradict the stated commitment of Middlesex University to promote ‘research excellence’, it represents a startling stage in the ongoing impoverishment of Philosophy provision in the UK.
The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/) at Middlesex makes a significant and distinctive contribution to the teaching of philosophy in the UK. Its set of MA programmes is currently the largest in the UK, and Philosophy is the most prestigious and highest research-rated subject at Middlesex University.
The CRMEP is now widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy anywhere in the English-speaking world. Building on its grade of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, in the 2008 RAE Middlesex was rated first in philosophy among post-1992 universities, with 65% of its research activity judged ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
More importantly, work carried out at the CRMEP is characterised by a unique emphasis on broad cultural, artistic and intellectual contexts, and a marked sense of social and political engagement.
Middlesex Philosophy is one of only a handful of programmes left in the UK that provides both research-driven and inclusive post-graduate teaching aimed at a wide range of students, specialist and non-specialist. It also happens to generate a substantial amount of revenue for the University, currently contributing close to half of its total income to the University’s central administration.