Travels, Tribulations, and Touchstones

After a day of travelling, I was anxious to check in to my room. And I was hungry. I hadn’t eaten all day. As I waited for the elevator to take me up, a member of that diversity in philosophy project quickly approached, almost out of nowhere. I had never met this philosopher before, but […]

CFA: Politics, Polarity, and Peace, University of Colorado, Oct. 18-19, 2019 (deadline: Jun. 15, 2019)

Keynote Speaker: Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr) Any abstract that relates to the theme, broadly construed, or that relates to the overall mission of Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP), is welcome. Topics might include, but are not limited to: teaching politics/justice/peace in a deeply divided country peace activism under conditions of polarization polarity versus divisiveness personal […]

Some Things to Consider About Disability and Diversity in Philosophy

As readers and listeners of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability know, in the book’s fourth chapter I examine criticisms that feminist philosophers and theorists have directed at Foucault according to which his claims rely upon and reproduce androcentric, sexist, and masculinist biases. In a post at Discrimination and Disadvantage, I summarized remarks that I […]

Philosophy of Disability as Critical Diversity Studies-Now Published!

In a previous post, I indicated that my article “Philosophy of Disability as Critical Diversity Studies” was forthcoming in the exciting inaugural issue of International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (IJCDS). The issue, which is dated June 2018, has now been published and its table of contents can be found here. The unusual nature of […]

CFP: Activism and Philosophy (deadline: Sept. 1, 2019)

Essays in PhilosophyVolume 21, Number 1Issue Date: January 2020Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019Editor: Ramona Ilea (Pacific University) Essays in Philosophy is an open-access journal. For more information on the Board of Advisers, see https://commons.pacificu.edu/eip/editorialboard.html. The journal is currently accepting submissions for a special issue called “Activism and Philosophy.” For this issue, we seek articles that […]

Helen De Cruz and Prestige Bias (in Canadian Philosophy Departments)

I greatly admire Helen De Cruz who, in my view, exhibits a genuine commitment to diversity and inclusivity in philosophy, something that is rarer than most philosophers want to acknowledge. I especially appreciate the empirical and analytical work on prestige bias in philosophy that Helen has initiated and developed. In particular, I want to commend […]

Elitism and the Engines of Democracy

I have long thought that the impetus to “diversify” the student and faculty bodies of elite institutions such as Yale, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, and Cambridge is not as it first appears nor are the consequences of this movement. That is, I have long thought that the (neoliberal) motivation to increase the demographic diversity of students […]

Black Women Philosophers Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, Mar. 15-16, 2019

What does a philosopher look like? Inevitably, our mental pictures are shaped by the dominant imagery of the white male marble busts of Greco-Roman antiquity—Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca—and their modern European heirs—Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Mill. Even today Western philosophy is largely male and overwhelmingly white—about 97 percent in the U.S., close to […]