Being philosophical may be limited to ‘leisured’ classes

Post-1992s scrap courses as students avoid ‘non-vocational’ subject. Hannah Fearn reports

Philosophy is in danger of becoming the preserve of “leisured gentlemen” as post-1992 universities scrap courses because of dwindling student numbers.

Three new universities have decided to close philosophy courses in the past two years, while others have axed plans to introduce degrees in the subject.

The closures are significant as less than a third of new universities – just 19 out of 64 post-1992 institutions – ran undergraduate philosophy programmes last year.

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