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 […]

CFP: Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Syracuse University, Aug. 21-23, 2019 (deadline: Mar. 30, 2019)

Keynote Speakers: Kwame Anthony Appiah (NYU), David Estlund (Brown), Sally Haslanger (MIT) We are now inviting submissions of full papers of between 7500 and 12000 words, including footnotes, to fill the remaining slots for the conference. Submitted papers will need to be fully anonymized.  Up to two papers by the same author will be considered, as long as […]

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 […]

Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

In two previous posts (here and here), I consider the tactics of force relations that have come to be referred to as “microaggressions”. In the first post, I discuss ableist language and ableist exceptionism as examples of microaggressions. In the second post, I discuss microaggressions as “intentional and nonsubjective” practices (tactics). I point out in […]