On Westminster Bridge

From Ricard Menary on Facebook.

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Wordsworth – Composed upon Westminster bridge.

We will still have the wit to see beauty like this.

New St Mary’s petition– for international support

As many of you noted, the petition to keep St Mary’s Philosophy open was only accepting UK signatures.  That one couldn’t be changed, so I’ve made a new one, here.  Please sign and share widely– this is a gem of a philosophy department.  I was so impressed on my visit to have so many undergraduates not just show up for my talk, but ask really great questions.  And I was also impressed by the sadly unusual fact that this was such a diverse audience.  This department is doing great things, that the rest of the profession could learn from.  Let’s help keep it going!