Aristotle and Socrates are sidelined as woke academics try to 'decolonialise' philosophers taught in classrooms and rely less upon 'dead white men'

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"'Woke' academics have sidelined philosophers such as Aristotle and Socrates in favour of 'decolonising' classroom learning by getting rid of 'dead white men'.

A new toolkit for schools and universities has been produced by SOAS University of London, formerly the School of Oriental and African Studies.

New-age thinkers who are being recommended instead include an Indian-American feminist, a Nigerian 'gender theorist' and a Japanese zen expert.

The toolkit dismisses the study of classical Greek thinkers Aristotle, Plato and Socrates as 'armchair theorising'.

It is the first official guidance produced by SOAS academics aimed at 'decolonising' philosophy, with ambitions to provide more philosophical perspectives from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Among the 'new voices' suggested by the guide is Nishida Kitaro, a Japanese philosopher whose multicultural school of thought is said to 'challenge eurocentrism'.

Also included is Uma Narayan, an Indian scholar of philosophy who 'criticises culture-reductionist forms of postcolonial feminism'.

And African philosophers Kwasi Wiredu - developer of 'conceptual decolonisation' - and Nkiru Nzegwu, a leading African theorist of gender are also recommended.
Also proposed is an end to exams, pen-and-paper tests and essays - said to unfairly hinder students who are neurotypical or from diverse cultural backgrounds."

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It's a huge disservice to students to drop the Stoics from classical studies and replace them with... what? Good grief!

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Aristotle and Socrates were the Classic Greek Philosophers, while the Stoics included Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus.

Otherwise, I agree with your reasoning. And the term "dead white men" is just mean-spirited and hateful.

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