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What This Is All About

The Philosopher’s Mail is a new news organisation, with bureaux in London, Amsterdam and Melbourne, run and staffed entirely by philosophers.

It is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as interpreted by philosophers rather than journalists.

Why did this organisation start? Because today, the most attractive, charming, sexy and compelling news outlets enjoy unparalled influence over the minds of tens of millions of people. But unfortunately, they rarely put out content that might make the world a better place.

At the same time, there are lots of serious, earnest good people attempting to change things, but they put out publications full of very interesting and dense articles that only reach tiny and already-convinced audiences.

So the good ideas go nowhere and the not-so-great ideas mesmerise us from every screen. Therefore, the world doesn’t change.

The goal of the Philosopher’s Mail is to prove a genuinely popular and populist news outlet which at the same time is alive to traditional philosophical virtues.



For too long, philosophers have been happy merely to be wise and right. This has offered them huge professional satisfaction but it has not influenced the course of society. The average work of philosophy currently reaches 300 people.

Hence the challenge that explains the birth of The Philosophers’ Mail, a new media outlet rooted in popular interests, sensibilities and inclinations of the day – but that tries to read and caption the news with an eye to traditional central philosophical concerns – for compassion, truth, justice, complexity, calm, empathy and wisdom.

The site views the rolling succession of the day’s news as an occasion for the development of insight, generosity and emotional intelligence.

News is not simply information about what is happening in the world. It is one of the key places where we daily shape our underlying assumptions about life – about what is important, admirable, scandalous, normal; where we rehearse attitudes to fear, hope, good and evil. This is why the news is a major target of concern for real philosophers.

The Philosophers’ Mail makes use of popular starting points – the stories a lot of people like to read and talk about already. It is generous to our natural inclinations: to read celebrity gossip, look at erotic images and read shock stories. It is sympathetic (as a starting point) to popular biases: anxiety about whatever feels foreign, a taste for vengeance, lack of empathy for the very poor, envy of the very rich, resentment of the powerful, suspicion of those who seem clever, dislike of awkward truths…

We start by acknowledging such attitudes: it isn’t strange to be unnerved by a Romanian family begging on a French train; it would be thrilling to have sex with Jennifer Lawrence; one can empathise with the feeling that George Osborne doesn’t quite know what real life is like; it is natural to want to switch off when hearing about trouble in Africa.

We don’t start by asking what the wise or good or serious outlook might be. There are plenty of people pushing such lines already – for that one could turn to the Economist, or the New York Times.

The epochal challenge is to reach the people who don’t engage with complex news.


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Glenn Rikowski 

Anglia Ruskin University

Department of Education

Chelmsford Site

Bishops Hall Lane

Chelmsford, Essex


2013-2014 Joint Research Meetings: Critical Education and Justice (CEJ) and Early Childhood Research Group (ECRG)



Weds 12 March 2014

CEJ led Research Seminar


Room: SAW 005

Dr. Glenn Rikowski will speak on Crisis and Education

Rikowski is an independent education researcher based in London. Until 31st October 2013, he was a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. A number of his papers can be found online at Academia:

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Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility


2014 paperback 320 pages US$56.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-42-7

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Continuous and rapid developments in global higher education today more than ever before present new questions, greater challenges, and vast new opportunities for institutions, policy makers, scholars and students alike. This book is a collection of studies and essays by many of the leading experts in international higher education who share their analysis of current trends and the implications they see for present and future policy and practice.

The volume is organized into three sections that address, first, global, supranational concerns in internationalization and mobility; second, focus on specific cases in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and third share profiles of individual institutions, practitioners and participants involved in uniquely shaping international education in their everyday practice. The intention of this book is to expand the scope of research in the field of Comparative and International Education, to facilitate theory development, to influence policy formation, and most of all to inform anyone fascinated by the evolving and dynamic processes related to educational internationalization and global mobility.

This book will be a valuable information source for scholars, policy makers and students intent on understanding the wide scope of factors that today are shaping the fluid and changing global higher education landscape.



Simon Marginson. Foreword

Bernhard Streitwieser. Introduction


Rahul Choudaha & Hans De Wit. Challenges and Opportunities for Global Student Mobility in the Future: a comparative and critical analysis

Darla K. Deardorff. Why Engage in Mobility? Key Issues within Global Mobility: the big picture

Jane Knight. Three Generations of Crossborder Higher Education: new developments, issues and challenges

Angeline M. Barrett, Michael Crossley & Titanji Peter Fon. North-South Research Partnerships in Higher Education: perspectives from South and North

Joan Dassin, Jürgen Enders & Andrea Kottmann. Social Inclusiveness, Development and Student Mobility in International Higher Education: the case of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program


Bernd Wächter. Recent Trends in Student Mobility in Europe

Thomas Nørgaard. Liberal Education in the Erasmus Programme

Justin J.W. Powell. International National Universities: migration and mobility in Luxembourg and Qatar

Anthony Welch. Seek Knowledge Throughout the World? Mobility in Islamic Higher Education

Jonathan Z. Friedman & Cynthia Miller-Idriss. Gateways and Guesthomes: how US area studies centers serve as arbiters of scholar mobility

Rose C. Amazan. When the Diaspora Returns: analysis of Ethiopian returnees and the need for highly skilled labour in Ethiopia

Jürgen Henze. Global Climate, Local Weather: perspectives of internationalisation in Chinese higher education

Anne Hickling-Hudson & Robert F. Arnove. Higher Education and International Student Mobility: the extraordinary case of Cuba


Anthony C. Ogden, Bernhard Streitwieser & Emily R. Crawford. Empty Meeting Grounds: situating intercultural learning in US education abroad

Bernhard Streitwieser & Zachary Van Winkle. The Erasmus Citizen: students’ conceptions of citizenship identity in the Erasmus Mobility Programme in Germany

Jos Beelen. The Other Side of Mobility: the impact of incoming students on home students

Lisa Loberg & Val D. Rust. Key Factors of Participation in Study Abroad: perspectives of study abroad professionals


Related and Recent titles

Globalisation and Higher Education in the Arab Gulf StatesGARI DONN & YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Higher Education and the State: changing relationships in Europe and East AsiaROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA & JOHN TAYLOR

The Rise of Data in Education Systems: collection, visualization and use MARTIN LAWN

PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

Education’s Abiding Moral Dilemma: merit and worth in the cross-Atlantic democracies, 1800-2006 SHELDON ROTHBLATT

Higher Education and InternationalCapacityBuilding: twenty-five years of higher education links DAVID STEPHENS


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