Titus Stahl

Which historical philosopher would fare best in a present-day university?

Lloyd Strickland (Manchester) comments in the Guardian on how Descartes, Kant and the like would be evaluated under the REF performance assessment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Leibniz comes out as the philosopher best adapted to current day managerialism.

It is perhaps unnecessary to say that also more modern philosophers such as Wittgenstein or Benjamin would fare badly in today’s measuring-obsessed environment – which just means that whatever we measure, it’s certainly not philosophical quality. Unfortunately this all applies to the Netherlands as much as to the UK.