In which issues concerning the profession of philosophy are bitched about
Why won't anyone touch this topic with a six inch pole?
Why won't anyone touch this topic with a six inch pole?I think it's a great topic. However, I'm preoccupied at the moment with the job market. Surely that's understandable. Hopefully, they'll re-post this, say, in the spring, once the dust has cleared.
I only agree with the items on this list that seek to overcome bias by circumventing it through blinding processes. This needs to be distinguished from the value of the mere presence and acknowledgment of women. The reasons why the latter would be helpful will be rendered ineffective if there can be lingering doubt that these women would be there at all if not because of the need to include more women. My point is psychological. The exemplars will not extinguish bias if people can still, perhaps subconsciously, dismiss them as there for the purposes of extinguishing bias.In addition to the psychological point there is also the fact that sometimes tokenism does happen, and sometimes tokens are well chosen for being non-threatening (not talented) or anti-feminist, and in fact can further entrench the problem. Until everything is blinded, it's all just lip service.
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