Liberty University Axes its Philosophy Department

Liberty University has dropped its philosophy department. Several of their philosophy professors will be out of a job by June 30, 2020. This action is occurring when the school has invested heavily into a number of construction projects and also launching a think tank for Christian nationalism. This blog would like to ask the question is Liberty a school or a place of learning or an extension of the culture wars? This action reveals that Liberty is not about education.

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

Abraham Lincoln

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Proverbs 30:10 NIV

Jerry Falwell Jr

It appears as if Liberty University has axed its philosophy department. At least five philosophy professors have lost their jobs at the end of June 2020. This was announced on the Facebook page of Mark Foreman. While a couple of people have been retained the remaining five professors have lost their job. After many people sent their condolences to Foreman he stated the following. 

Thanks for your comments folks. No, we had no notice that this was coming. We all got letters telling us we were nonrenewed the last couple of days. There is no retirement program…And I don’t know what my plans are yet. Still reeling from the news.

Mark Foreman later said that he did not want to criticize the school he spent three decades. If you want to read more I would direct you to John Fea in, “Liberty University Dumps Its Philosophy Department.

 

This Speaks Volumes About Liberty University and how its Not About Education

The way I interpret this is that any philosophy program will be dropped or cut back severely. For me this action speaks volumes about how toxic Liberty University is as a school. Not only has the school taken on larger building programs and sports stadiums but they also launched the FalKirk Center for Christian nationalism. You can read about that in, “Guest Post: Matt Boedy on FalKirk – The Christian Nationalism Think Tank at Liberty University.”  What is the point of learning philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, David Hume and Socretes among others when you want to wage the culture wars? Why learn about the ideas and foundations of western thinking when you are pouring efforts to support a Christian nationalist think tank?  And this is education? This blog has long had concerns about Liberty University and finds the university to be flawed and not at all about education. A degree from Liberty cheapens education and with the passing of time a degree from Liberty deserves really no respect. Philosophy is a challenging profession but it also teaches you how to think. It forces you to wrestle with difficult issues and abstract ideas. I acknowledge its not for everyone and its an exacting discipline. But philosophy is often key to western thinking and understanding. Most Christian schools place philosophy programs on a high pedestal and afford them respect. Philosophy departments are viewed with respect and a key part of higher learning. But to ax the program entirely speaks volumes about what type of school Liberty University is. Again, why should Liberty be afforded respect when this is how its approaching education? Is it about education? Or is it about waging the culture wars? This action by the school tells us that Liberty is not about education. Again caveat emptor! 

 

3 thoughts on “Liberty University Axes its Philosophy Department

  1. I agree with your assessment. Axing its philosophy department is the start of Liberty’s death knell.

    The only reason for this decision is that classical philosophy would demonstrate the intellectual poverty Liberty is embracing.

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  2. Philosophy is not easily weaponized for the Culture War.
    Nor does it fit with and reinforce “HAIL TRUMP! HAIL VICTORY!”

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