Women in Philosophy What Needs to Change?

ISBN-10: 0199325618
ISBN-13: 9780199325610
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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 be inhospitable 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 one academic 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 unrecognised 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, in order to accommodate and benefit from the important contribution women's full participation makes to the discipline."This is a fantastic collection on the gender imbalance in Anglophone philosophy. The essays represent a variety of approaches to the problem of women's underrepresentation. It is especially important that the book not only offers a way for philosophers to learn about psychological and sociological results that have a bearing on how we organize ourselves, but also a way for us to become more reflective about distinctively philosophical aspects of our practice." -Sally Haslanger, Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fiona Jenkins is a senior lecturer in the School of Philosophy, the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Searching for Sofia: Gender and Philosophy in the 21st Century
Women in Philosophy: Why Should We Care?
Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Women in Philosophy
Women and Deviance in Philosophy
Singing the Post-discrimination Blues: Notes for a Critique of Academic Meritocracy
Sages and Cranks: The Difficulty of Identifying First-Rate Philosophers
Models and Values: Why Did New Zealand Philosophy Departments Stop Hiring Women Philosophers?
Not Just a Pipeline Problem: Improving Women's Participation in Philosophy in Australia
Women In and Out of Philosophy
Rethinking the Moral Significance of Micro-Inequities: The Case of Women in Philosophy
The Silencing of Women
Finding Time for Philosophy
Seeing the Trends in the Data
Statistical Analyses
Contributor Biographies
Index

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