They are said to be the founding fathers of Western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilised society. But students at a prestigious London university are demanding that figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant should be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white. The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) insists that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia. Voltaire: SOAS student union says the 'colonial context in which so-called "Enlightenment" philosophers wrote within' should be taught CREDIT: MEDIA MOGUL The union said it is part of wider campaign to “decolonise” the university, as it seeks to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”. It comes after education leaders warned that universities will be forced to pander to the demands of “snowflake” students, however unreasonable they might be. Under proposed reforms to higher education, the Government wants to place student satisfaction at the heart of a new ranking system, but critics fear it could undermine academic integrity.