The wave of special snowflakiness that has swept over the Western world is reaching new heights of hysteria. Now a bunch of safe space hermits and delicate flowers in London want the likes of Plato, Descartes and Voltaire removed from the philosophy curriculum at their university because these keystones of civilization were, gasp, white.
I guess they just Kant take it anymore.
Granted, the university is London’s prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, the name of which should have been a big red flag to any parents footing the bill for tuition. Still, the immaturity of the student union in demanding that “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Asia and Africa is on spectacular display.
You may notice the Asia-Africa theme, but still, the little puffins could have at least pretended to have an interest in philosophers from Australia, the (pre-white) Americas and the Antarctic (Chilly Willy was very wise for a penguin) in their push to “decolonize” the university.
Bunch of racists. And fascists. … Racio-fascists? Eh.
The students say “white philosophers” should be studied only “if” necessary, and then only in a context of criticizing colonialism.
This comes on the heels of a warning from British education leaders who, surprisingly, lobbied the government against adding “student satisfaction” at the center of a proposed new national school ranking system.
Even liberals can sense things have gotten out of hand.
I’m old-fashioned. I still cling (bitterly, I might add) to this notion that schools in all shapes and sizes are intended — by their founders, by their students’ parents, by sensible people in general — to actually educate young people, meaning to bring them out of their comfortable cocoons, expose them to new and often provocative ideas, and teach them how to receive, study and critique those ideas in a thoughtful, mature manner.
Somewhere along the line (probably when drugs were introduced in volume to college dorms), that quaint ideal began to slip until now many schools are becoming little more than an extension of the game room in mommy and daddy’s basement.
Even so, the SOAS student union is seriously ticking off some old-school educators.
Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton called the move ignorant. “You can’t rule out a whole area of intellectual endeavor without having investigated it, and clearly they haven’t investigated what they mean by white philosophy. If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ arose, I would like to hear it.”