SWIP Newsletter

The SWIP (US) online newsletter is out! There’s lots of good stuff to be found, but I was particularly intrigued by this question in Chris Cuomo’s Editor’s Note:

If professors outside the medical and professional schools continue to become more and more underpaid, philosophy departments are sure to become increasingly “diverse” and “woman-friendly.” If men began to flee the humanities due to low pay, would that be good for women? Would it be good for philosophy?

3 thoughts on “SWIP Newsletter

  1. I must be misunderstanding the question. It looks on first reading as though it is asking whether it will be good for women to get jobs too unattractive for men. There might be a further suggestion that men go for the money and women don’t. (Are women too high-minded? Too impractical? Too clueless?)

    What am I missing here?

    By the way, I’ve heard many people over the last 25 years declare that a large number of very bright students who would have gone to grad school in philosophy in the olden day are choosing instead fields like law. It’s not clear that’s made all that much difference.

  2. I take it the thought is this. We sometimes say things like ” it would be good if philosophy were less white-male-dominated”. A world in which white men flee the humanities for better paying jobs might well be a world in which philosophy is less white-male-dominated. But would this be a good thing? No– we need to formulate our goals more carefully and be clear about acceptable methods toward attaining those goals. The thought is that we *may* get a less white-male-dominated philosophy, but in the wrong way.

  3. Jender,

    I think that what seemed to me negative was the activity seemed to be attributed to men and women were situated passively. Perhaps the same question could have been asked – to put it roughly – “If men leave philosophy for money, should we encourage young women to stay and work on transforming the field?” This is really a verbal issues, but still…

    In fact, white men are foresaking the academic sciences in droves in the US and that’s led to a lot of action to try to make science in universities – where most of the ‘pure’ research that eventually generates the new technologies is done – much more hospitable to women and other underrepresented groups. So men leave and it is good for women and science, if in a way that should have been addressed decades and decades ago. Still, it’s not the first time that a move for justice is fueled by basically economic considerations.

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