Friday, 16 October 2009

Petition to Prime Minister of UK

Here in the UK there has been a lot of controversy concerning the new Research Excellence Framework. This is the successor to the previous Research Assessment Exercise by which research was judged before. One of the criteria by which research will be judged in the new framework will be in terms of its "impact" defined in terms of "demonstrable benefits to the economy, society, public policy, culture and quality of life". There has been quite a bit of disquiet as to how this criteria can possibly make sense with regard to either the humanities in general or with regard to philosophy in particular.

There is now a petition to the Prime Minister of the UK calling on him to reconsider the application of this criteria in the new framework and it is available here.

Please sign to protest against this application of a metric to philosophy and the humanities that makes little sense with regard to them.

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