The Continuing Threat to Philosophy in Universities

Posted by Edward Willatt on Saturday, August 8, 2015 Under: Universities

Alarming news about the future of Heythrop College has emerged.  The loss of its undergraduate philosophy and theology courses always means that years of work creating a community of students and scholars exploring a subject together is sacrificed.

I first came into contact with Heythrop College as a sixth form student.  I attended a couple of events where Heythrop’s Peter Vardy was speaking in his engaging and enlivening way. He managed to inspire us with the power of philosophy to account for familiar things in unfamiliar ways. I was keen to apply to study at Heythrop. When I visited the college for an interview it was truly an inspiring place. Students seemed utterly enthused by thought, by the immensity of the conceptual
aporias which they lived and breathed. After my interview I was offered a place but decided that living in London might be too expensive and hectic for me.

Dr. Vardy’s enthusiasm for working with sixth form students clearly reflects the ethos of Heythrop. Another of its faculty, Dr. Michael Lacewing, has embraced A-level Philosophy with great energy. His textbooks and conferences for A-level students and teachers clearly support the existence of the hugely valuable AQA A-level in Philosophy. The British Philosophical Association has taken up the fight to save this unique philosophical community which benefits us all. 

In : Universities 



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The Continuing Threat to Philosophy in Universities

Posted by Edward Willatt on Saturday, August 8, 2015 Under: Universities

Alarming news about the future of Heythrop College has emerged.  The loss of its undergraduate philosophy and theology courses always means that years of work creating a community of students and scholars exploring a subject together is sacrificed.

I first came into contact with Heythrop College as a sixth form student.  I attended a couple of events where Heythrop’s Peter Vardy was speaking in his engaging and enlivening way. He managed to inspire us with the power of philosophy to account for familiar things in unfamiliar ways. I was keen to apply to study at Heythrop. When I visited the college for an interview it was truly an inspiring place. Students seemed utterly enthused by thought, by the immensity of the conceptual
aporias which they lived and breathed. After my interview I was offered a place but decided that living in London might be too expensive and hectic for me.

Dr. Vardy’s enthusiasm for working with sixth form students clearly reflects the ethos of Heythrop. Another of its faculty, Dr. Michael Lacewing, has embraced A-level Philosophy with great energy. His textbooks and conferences for A-level students and teachers clearly support the existence of the hugely valuable AQA A-level in Philosophy. The British Philosophical Association has taken up the fight to save this unique philosophical community which benefits us all. 

In : Universities 



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