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Increasing Diversity by Thinking Differently? Reflections on Philosophical Method.

General Colloquium

Sally Haslanger (MIT)

Friday, February 24, 3:30 p.m.

5 Washington Place, Seminar Room 202

Over the past decade or so there has been increasing awareness of the diversity problem in philosophy. Implicit bias, stereotype threat, and micromessaging are important factors that many are working to address. However, a more difficult issue is whether there are issues of philosophical content and method, either exemplified in pedagogy or research, that affects the inclusion of members of underrepresented groups. In this talk I will argue that some ways that philosophy is practiced as a discipline produce epistemic and evaluative biases, and if we want to increase diversity in the profession and to produce better work, we need to address this.