Six Things You Should Know About Diversity in Philosophy, the Apparatus of Disability, and the Status of Disabled Philosophers

  1. No department with a nondisabled philosopher of disability on its faculty has a disabled philosopher of disability on its faculty.
  2. There is not a single disabled philosopher of disability employed full-time in a Canadian philosophy department.
  3. There are no disabled philosophers of disability in the departments in which the leading advocates for diversity and inclusion in philosophy work.
  4. Disabled philosophers constitute an estimated 1-2 % of full-time philosophy faculty in North America, although disabled people make up approximately 25% of the general population of the North America.
  5. Nondisabled philosophers of disability and disability theorists who are not philosophers increasingly occupy spaces or take up roles and functions (e.g., in edited collections, professional associations, etc.) for which underrepresented disabled philosophers of disability are better qualified.
  6. Disabled philosophers (of disability), both students and faculty, are consistently underrepresented at diversity institutes and conferences that purportedly aim to reconfigure and transform philosophy or are excluded from them altogether.

See my Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017) and my 2013 article “Introducing Feminist Philosophy of Disability” for empirical data and theoretical argument that substantiate these six points.

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