Friday, October 28, 2011

Women in the Philosophy of Mind

Over that the Philosophy of Brains blog Berit Brogaard posted "More on the current climate for women in philosophy of mind (empirically informed or not)." This is partly in response to philosopher Rebecca Kukla's post at Leiter Reports on the climate for women in the subdisciplines and partly to Sarife Tekin's attempt to clarify the nature of an empirically informed philosophy of mind.

After an interesting discussion about whether we should distinguish something called an "empirically informed philosophy mind" Brogaard writes, "My impression is that none of the sub-disciplines of philosophy are great for women. The fact that there are 20 percent women in the top 50 philosophy departments, about 10 percent female contributions to philosophy volumes and countless male-only conferences is a pretty good indicator that the climate for women isn't great and isn't improving. So when you ask women the questions formulated by Rebecca over at Leiter Reports, women will naturally report that things aren't great. It probably doesn't matter which sub-discipline you ask the questions about. Things aren't great for women in any sub-discipline (that I have worked in, anyway)."

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