Yesterday I posted about the proposed changes in the UK’s A-level philosophy courses, in which a lot of good secular philosophy was going to be replaced by a curriculum that included two coequal areas: epistemology and religious studies. I also noted that I’d ask Anthony Grayling (who was given Massimo Pigliucci’s seal of approval as “The Right Kind of Atheist”), about these changes. Here’s Anthony’s response, posted with permission. I’ve included the final encomium just to cheer myself up. Note his observation that a lot of philosophy already taught in UK secondary schools is religious philosophy:
Unfortunately this pigheaded idea has galvanised us all at last to take action. I’ve been meaning to campaign about the current situation, which is bad enough, in which what masquerades as ‘philosophy’ in schools is already half religious studies and almost exclusively taught by religious studies teachers—which is why universities don’t take this A Level very seriously. The new move will make ‘philosophy’ unashamedly a religious studies course. Along with a number of colleagues at universities & high schools I’m looking at the creation of a new proper philosophy-only course for schools, starting earlier in the curriculum & going right through to A Level, leaving religious studies to fend for itself. Hope you’re well: you are a necessary being, Jerry, flashing your sword in defence of us all! Anthony
Umm. . . isn’t “necessary being” a term that theists like Alvin Plantinga use in their contorted proofs of God’s existence?