There is no doubt that our environment and history has an effect on our view of the world. Even if you openly and deliberately disavow all that you were born into, the fact is inescapable. So, this should be taken into account as we read philosophy.
When we read people from the time of the enlightenment, we must take into account the religious education they received. It has had an effect on their view. Most of the philosophers of this age come from a Christian back ground. And this might be what is at the heart of the request that they be excluded from courses at a prominent university.
Heat Street reports
Students at one of Europe’s top universities are calling for philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell (pictured) to be dropped from the curriculum because they are white.
The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London is demanding that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia as opposed to being white, Western thinkers.
You see, most of the old white philosophers are not going to comport to the thinking of the new socialists. These “white” thinkers will come from a Christian society and a Christian background. And this has to be the real motive of this move.
If you want to control what people think and how they believe, control what they are taught. If you can silence the voices that disagree with you, you can make people into anything that you wish.
What’s funny is that this is being heralded as an attempt at more inclusion. All while claiming to strip the college of its whiteness.