The petition can be found here and I urge readers to consider signing it. It makes a point of principle, not politics: that the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) — which funds research in areas such as law and philosophy — should remove mention of “The Big Society” in its details of strategic research funding priorities. “The Big Society” was a campaign slogan of the Conservative Party. The principled objection is that the policial campaign slogans of any party should not be included. This would be true if the then AHRB had included “The Third Way” after the 1997 election which saw Tony Blair become Prime Minister. This is not about which political party you prefer, but a statement of principle.

Keele University is considering closing its philosophy department and the Centre for Professional Ethics. Anyone concerned should join the following facebook groups for more details on how they can help fight it.

Save Philosophy at Keele:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_200915196594313

Save the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_200915196594313#!/home.php?s k=group_198239943531734

I’ve been asked by one of the organizers to let people know about this upcoming conference:

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy:
Freedom, Paternalism and Morality

April 1-2, 2011

The announcement is attached.Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy: Freedom, Paternalism and Morality

The Character Project at Wake Forest University is very excited to launch its funding competition entitled “New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Character.” This $300,000 RFP is aimed at work in philosophy on the topic of character, and proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We hope to make between 5-6 awards. A residential incentive of $6,000 for one semester or $12,000 for an academic year will be offered to philosophy RFP winners who are willing to move to Wake Forest University during the award period, and this stipend would not count as part of the research funding request. A willingness to move will not be taken into account when evaluating proposals.

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