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Faculty Statement on the Current Political Situation

The philosophy department recognizes that intolerance and hostility have risen in the public life of the United States. In light of this we affirm the following:

The philosophy department is committed to all its students, and stands in solidarity with all members of the University community -- regardless of their race, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, or abilities.

The philosophy department is committed to the pursuit of understanding through the open exchange of ideas. For such exchange to be truly open, it must be characterized by civility, mutual respect, kindness, and a diversity of viewpoints.

The philosophy department is opposed to the unjust deportation of any member of the University community. Except in genuine cases of imminent threat, we call on university officers to seek to avoid formal or informal participation in any efforts to enforce unjust immigration laws.

The methods of philosophical inquiry can help us better understand the consideration and care we owe to each other. We encourage students to join us – both inside and outside the classroom – in thinking about these fundamental issues in a critical and informed way.

Last Updated: 2/6/17