They are said to be the founding fathers of Western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilized society.
But students at a prestigious London university are demanding that such figures as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)’s student union is insisting that when studying philosophy, “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.
They say it is part of wider campaign to “decolonize” the university, as they seek to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism.”
And how colonialist is it to come to the old colonial capital city to study those dusty, possibly dusky, outposts?
A truly non-colonial education would take place in Harare, Yangon, wouldn’t it?