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When it comes to slavery, 40 George Square should worry us more than DHT

In the weeks since taking action to rename David Hume Tower, the University of Edinburgh has become an international laughing stock. News articles and opinion pieces from around the world have weighed in on the decision to rebrand the building as 40 George Square, almost unanimously to decry the call as ludicrous and poorly thought […]

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New name: who dis? DHT renamed to 40 George Square

Amid the maelstrom of political events that defined the summer, the resulting change from the George Floyd protests has been the most striking. Not a single event since the Civil Rights Movement has encouraged such a deep analysis into the presence of police brutality and other racial grievances in Western society. While renaming academic buildings […]

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Renaming DHT was a necessary antiracist step, but only the first of many

As the University of Edinburgh announced, on Monday 14th September, that David Hume Tower would be renamed 40 George Square (pending a new name), cries of outrage echoed high and low. Newspaper headlines accused the university of bowing to cancel culture, Twitter overflowed with vitriolic complaints, and the consensus seemed to be that the university […]

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Decision to rename David Hume Tower was ‘naive’, Sir Tom Devine tells The Student

Scotland’s pre-eminent historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine, last night criticised the University of Edinburgh’s removal of David Hume’s name from a campus building as a result of the philosopher’s comments on race, calling it “a sudden decision which shouldn’t have been taken.” Speaking exclusively to The Student, the former Edinburgh academic said that, following the […]

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Should the David Hume Tower be levelled?

Content warning: description of historic racist views  David Hume. You may have heard of him. Apparently, he has a tower somewhere on campus — a couple lecture theatres too. Deservedly so, so decree the academics. Hume is considered one of, if not the most influential British philosopher of the Enlightenment, positing theories of empirical excitement […]