Posts Tagged ‘BBC World Service’

Middlesex outrage amplified

9 May 2010

Earlier today the BBC World Service beamed news of the closure of the Middlesex philosophy department – and the protest it has attracted – to the four corners of the world. Listen to the coverage here (starts at 41 min. 12 sec.).

At the same time The Guardian/The Observer published yet another article on the international scale of the outrage this news has triggered:

Middlesex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers

Move to phase out philosophy teaching at leading department branded a ‘national and international concern’

There is another important intervention on the pages of The Guardian by Lynne Segal:

Middlesex’s philosophical struggle

The situation is extraordinary by any rational, let alone scholarly, accounting. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy was the feather in the cap of that young university. It was its highest-rated submission in the last research assessment exercise and in the top third of philosophy departments in the whole of the UK.

Update:

Here is also some coverage from The Telegraph:

Plan to shut leading philosophy course condemned by academics

Plans to shut one of the world’s leading university philosophy courses have sparked outrage among academics.

Illuminating and infuriating

8 May 2010

In today’s “The Interview” on the BBC Word Service, Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker, gave an insightful and comprehensive overview of the possible causes of the financial crisis, discussing among others how the nature of both the product (sub-prime mortgage) and the customer (the borrower) has been redefined, the cosy relationship between regulators and investment banks, the stories of the few investors who actually made money, and also the role of Goldman Sachs. Listen to it on the BBC website (28 min).