Why do you think that Leicester University doesn't offer a degree in Philosophy?Watch
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To be honest I never thought of that last reason. I thought that it might be partly due to philosophy being synonomous with the older, perhaps traditionally elitist, universities (even though the 60s universities later took on the subject) and Leicester perhaps likes to have a lean towards being scientific and research based - the only research in philosophy being what other people think about age old things. Although I like philosophy (up to an extent) I kind of respect Leicester for following their own path.
Most of the greatest philosophers have also been the greatest mathematicians, physicists, and general scientists, and that is no coincidence.
It is my opinion, in fact, that a university which has a philosophy department has ADDED to it's reputation as a rational, logical, and rigourous academic institution, not subtracted.
Philosophy is actually quite a modern discipline in that philosophy, as it is practiced now, is greatly developed from the philosophy of centuries past. It's quite a common subject in universities of all ages and calibres.
What I'm trying to say is that, when Leicester was founded, they knew that older universities had philosophy covered. I found it interesting that Leicester allows its subjects to stand in their own right without feeling the need to compare them to or combine them with the original subject. Any Leicester student who wants to adopt an especially philosophical approach would have to seek that themselves. And I think that individual approach would be welcomed at Leicester as well.
Or maybe I am giving Leicester too much credit for trying to create a particular character of university for themselves (as it seems, did Loughborough - maybe it's partly an East Midlands thing.)
Funding is sometimes a problem but Leicester is an excellent university so they wouldn't really have a problem with that so more the academic department not being able to obtain teaching staff, i'd guess.
Doesn't mean it's a bad uni, Bath doesn't offer philosophy either.