Students take Philosophy protest to the top

By Louisa Emery on April 15, 2011 3:41 PM |

AA apr21 philosophy1.JPGStudents past and present hoping to save their Philosophy course are protesting outside the Dean's office at Greenwich University this afternoon (April 15).

The group learnt last month that the Humanities department had stopped recruiting for BA Philosophy degree and those with a place for 2011 were being offered alternative study combinations.

Lloyd Dudderidge, a 2010 graduate said: "Philosophy is in danger of becoming an elitist subject. It needs to be available to be studied by everyone, not just a white, middle class few.

"The teaching at Greenwich is superb and the Philosophy Society has built up a solid community."

The campaign has the support of 1500 signatures on an online petition including that of celebrated American philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky.

Lloyd said: "It's good enough for Noam Chomsky but not for Greenwich.

"We feel polite rational activity is being ignored, it is time for more aggressive tactics."

A final decision on the future of BA Philosophy at the University is expected on May 5th.