Philosophy Chairs at All SUNY Campuses Come to Defense of Fredonia Dept. (UPDATED)

[Moved up the page owing to update below with link to petition.] As reported last month, the administration of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia has proposed eliminating the school’s Department of Philosophy. In response, the chairs of the philosophy departments at all fifteen other SUNY campuses have now written a forceful letter to SUNY Fredonia’s president, Virginia Horvath, objecting to the proposal.

The letter advances several arguments against the elimination of Fredonia’s Department of Philosophy. These arguments appeal to the centrality of philosophy to a liberal arts education, the exceptional performance of the department along many relevant metrics, and how eliminating the philosophy department contravenes a core purpose of the SUNY system.

The whole letter is below.

UPDATE: People can register their support for the SUNY Fredonia Department of Philosophy here.

The letter is also downloadable as a PDF here.

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