The latest news is that Goldsmiths College intends to ends its MA in Cultural History and close the seminar in Contemporary Thought. This news effectively means the Dept of History at Goldsmiths is rendering the research work of its Professor of Cultural History, Howard Caygill, superfluous to the Dept. This decision is strange on many levels, not least in terms of the excellence of Caygill's work. This decision is one it is hard for me to even write about in a dispassionate way given my general admiration for Caygill.
Caygill is the author of a number of serious and important works of philosophy, perhaps most famously, the Kant Dictionary, a work which presents an innovative and insightful response to Kant's philosophy. Howard has also contributed an introduction to the Kemp Smith translation of the Critique of Pure Reason that situates in careful detail the nature of Kemp Smith's response to Kant and gives an historical account of interpretative issues. Apparently an MA in history that doesn't include such philosophical expertise is considered preferable by the powers that be at Goldsmith's and this decision is clearly part of a pattern of closure of philosophy programmes and positions. In response to the attempt to close his MA courses please sign the petition.