Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?

Paperback | October 22, 2013

EditorKatrina Hutchison, Fiona Jenkins

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Despite its place in the humanities, the career prospects and numbers of women in philosophy much more closely resemble those found in the sciences and engineering. This book collects a series of critical essays by female philosophers pursuing the question of why philosophy continues to beinhospitable to women and what can be done to change it. By examining the social and institutional conditions of contemporary academic philosophy in the Anglophone world as well as its methods, culture, and characteristic commitments, the volume provides a case study in interpretation of oneacademic discipline in which women's progress seems to have stalled since initial gains made in the 1980s. Some contributors make use of concepts developed in other contexts to explain women's under-representation, including the effects of unconscious biases, stereotype threat, and micro-inequities. Other chapters draw on the resources of feminist philosophy to challenge everyday understandings of time,communication, authority and merit, as these shape effective but often unrecognized forms of discrimination and exclusion. Often it is assumed that women need to change to fit existing institutions. This book instead offers concrete reflections on the way in which philosophy needs to change, inorder to accommodate and benefit from the important contribution women's full participation makes to the discipline.

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Despite its place in the humanities, the career prospects and numbers of women in philosophy much more closely resemble those found in the sciences and engineering. This book collects a series of critical essays by female philosophers pursuing the question of why philosophy continues to beinhospitable to women and what can be done to c...

Katrina Hutchison is a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University and is currently working on research projects on the ethics and epistemology of surgery. She also has research interests in feminist philosophy and in the role and value of philosophy beyond the academy. Fiona Jenkins teaches and researches in the School of Philosop...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199325618

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Acknowledgements1. Fiona Jenkins and Katrina Hutchison: Introduction: Searching for Sofia: Gender and Philosophy in the 21st Century2. Marilyn Friedman: Women in Philosophy: Why Should We Care?3. Jennifer Saul: Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Philosophy4. Helen Beebee: Women and deviance in philosophy5. Fiona Jenkins: Singing the Post-Discrimination Blues: Notes for a Critique of Academic Meritocracy6. Katrina Hutchison: Sages and Cranks: The Difficulty of Identifying First-Rate Philosophers7. Adriane Rini: Models and Values: Why Did New Zealand Philosophy Departments Stop Hiring Women Philosophers?8. Susan Dodds and Eliza Goddard: Not Just a Pipeline Problem: Improving Women's Participation in Philosophy in Australia9. Catriona Mackenzie and Cynthia Townley: Women in and out of Philosophy10. Samantha Brennan: Rethinking the Moral Significance of Micro-Inequities: The Case of Women in Philosophy11. Justine McGill: The Silencing of Women12. Michelle Bastian: Finding Time for PhilosophyGlenys Bishop, with Helen Beebee, Eliza Goddard and Adriane Rini: Appendix 1: Seeing the Trends in the DataGlenys Bishop: Appendix 2: Statistical Analyses Glenys BishopContributor BiographiesIndex