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Women in PhilosophyWhat Needs to Change?$
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Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325603.001.0001

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Women in Philosophy

Women in Philosophy

Why Should We Care?

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(p.21) 1 Women in Philosophy
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Women in Philosophy
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Marilyn Friedman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325603.003.0002

This paper explores whether philosophy or women would benefit if women participated in philosophy in equal numbers to men. After reviewing the problem of women’s underrepresentation in professional philosophy, I identify some aspects of professional philosophy that seem relevant for explaining women’s low participation in the field. This includes a look at the way philosophical activity is portrayed in some introductory philosophy textbooks and a reminder of the adversarial style that is common throughout philosophy. Then I offer some reasons why it would be good to increase women’s numbers in the field. Among other things, philosophy involves reflecting critically on fundamental concepts both of everyday life and of specialized professions, and gender diversity enriches these endeavors.

Keywords:   women, professional philosophy, gender discrimination, philosophical method, autonomy, philosophy textbooks, adversarial style, feminist philosophy, gender diversity, wisdom

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