UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMAND PHILOSOPHERS SUCH AS PLATO AND KANT ARE REMOVED FROM SYLLABUS BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE

[1/9/17]  They are the said to be the founding fathers of Western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilised society.

But students at a prestigious London university are demanding that figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant should be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)’s student union is insisting that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.

They say it is part of wider campaign to “decolonise” the university, as the seek to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”.

It comes after education leaders warned that universities will be forced to pander to the demands of “snowflake” students, however unreasonable they might be. 

Under proposed reforms to higher education, the Government wants to place student satisfaction at the heart of a new ranking system, but it critics fear could undermine academic integrity.