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Oxford Academics oppose "the agenda" of a project assessing the ethics of empire.

Oxford Academics oppose "the agenda" of a project assessing the ethics of empire.

Up to 60 Oxford University academics have signed a letter in opposition to "the agenda" of a project assessing the ethics of empire.

The programme is led by Prof Nigel Biggar, who claimed in a recent article in The Times, there are aspects of empire Britain can be proud of.

In a letter, published in The Conversation, the academics expressed their "firm rejection" of his views.

Prof Biggar said none of the academics had raised their concerns in person.

The Ethics and Empire project aims to explore ethical questions of empire, which it has argued are not currently explored, because "most reaches" of academic discourse believe "by definition empire is imperialist" and "wicked".

    

It will seek to measure apologies and critiques of empire against historical data from around the world, Prof Biggar said.

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