Friday, 22 October 2010

Philosophy Events

Given all the understandable gloom here in the UK following the publication of the Browne report and the following week's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) which confirmed everyone's fears it is with some relief that it is possible to note that some people at least do think philosophy makes a valuable contribution to the general culture. So, for example, Malmesbury, birthplace of Thomas Hobbes, has declared itself a "philosophy town", even promoting this by means of a special website. Similarly, Liverpool has recently been hosting a "philosophy in the city" festival featuring talks and discussions and is helping to connect the philosophy department in Liverpool with the general town: details here.

For non-UK readers unsure of the response to the Browne report or its implications for UK higher education see this letter signed by a host of professors, including my colleague, Joanna Hodge.

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