Elia Nathan Bravo on Witches and Empty Concepts

Elia Nathan Bravo did not believe in witches, not in the classical European sense of  a “sorceress with the power to cast curses thanks to a fidelity pact with the devil.” (Nathan Bravo 2002: 122)  Even more, she was certain that there were no witches, at least as certain as we are that there are […]

Against Exotic Philosophy, Again

When we approach other people’s thoughts, especially those that might prima facie to be very different from us, culturally, geographically, historically, etc., there is always the temptation to think that trying to fit their thought into our current epistemological, aesthetic, ontological, etc. categories would require forcing it into a conceptual straitjacket and that instead one […]

On miscontextualizing history

we can interpret historical texts either as saying something particular about their concrete context of creation, or something more general about more abstract philosophical problems – which therefore would still be relevant to philosophical discussions todays, but it would be a mistake to interpret those texts directly in our context as if they had been written today

CFP: Transgender India (deadline: Oct. 1, 2020)

Chapters are invited for Transgender India, which examines hijras and sadhins from antiquity to the present, drawing on scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Contributions providing philosophical perspectives are especially encouraged. Chapters may explore a range of Indian transgender identities and experiences—including but not limited to individuals identifying as third gender, MTF, FTM, and nonbinary. A […]

Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science, edited by Sharon Crasnow and Kristen Intemann, will be out in November and can be pre-ordered at the book’s page now. My contribution to the collection is entitled “Naturalizing and Denaturalizing Impairment and Disability in Philosophy and Feminist Philosophy of Science.” The full table of contents appears […]

CFP: Routledge Companion to Art and Disability (deadline: Dec. 15, 2019)

The editors of The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability seekproposals for a peer-reviewed volume of essays that approach art from acritical disability studies perspective. Throughout history many artistseither had disabilities themselves, included representations of disabilityin their work, or explored an aesthetics of disability, but theconstruction of dis/ability in the history of art has not […]

A Canadian University and the Slave Trade

A recent article in University Affairs explains the importance and impact of a new report that identifies the ties between the history and funding of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and the transatlantic/North American slave trade. The article, by Emily Baron Cadloff, is reprinted in entirety below. ________________________________________________________________ Dalhousie Panel Uncovers Links Between University and […]