Want to hear men discuss deontology?

If yes, then you may be glad to see this  post  from pea soup:

Ratio Conference: DeontologyHere is another great looking conference, this time organised by Brad Hooker. The topic is deontology and this is at the University of Reading on the Saturday 17th of April. The programme is:
10.00 David Owens (Univ. of Sheffield)
11.45 Peter Vallentyne (Univ. of Missouri-Columbia)
2.15 Philip Stratton-Lake (Univ. of Reading)
4.00 Michael Smith (Princeton)
For more info, contact Ms. Jacqui Lorraine Fletcher at J.L.Fletcher@Reading.ac.uk

Any readers who are unfamiliar with our “gendered conference campaign” can find out about it by looking at the top  right hand link on this page.

9 thoughts on “Want to hear men discuss deontology?

  1. This conference doesn’t seem quite in the league of some others that y’all have mentioned. If you just take Sally Haslanger’s numbers for top-20 programs and assume they apply for the professors here, there is about a 40% chance that a conference with only four speakers would include all males, if randomly taken from all professors.

    This isn’t to say, of course, that pressing the organizers about their selection procedure isn’t a good a thing: it definitely is. It’s just that this conference isn’t in quite the same league as one with, say, 8 speakers (like your last such post), all of whom are male. Again, if the point is just to raise awareness about all-male conferences, then pointing out this conference totally makes sense. But if the point is to focus on the more egregiously all-male conferences, where the statistics would point to something being wrong, this one doesn’t seem to quite fit the bill.

  2. Jordon, thanks for the thoughtful comment. I think the genered conference campaign does a couple of things, one of which is to draw attention to the largely unnoticed or ignored absence of women at philosophical events. The message is really not dependent on size, though I want to be clear that I don’t know if other posters on this blog would agree with me.

  3. Let me add: I might not have picked up on this if it weren’t said to be a “great looking conference.” One might say, “Yes and No.”

  4. It’s just so typical that after a conference program of four male speakers, readers are told to contact a woman for information. I have little doubt that Ms. Fletcher will be behind the scenes throughout the event, ensuring that the event goes smoothly, that participants’ concerns are dealt with, that the speakers are cared for, and that everyone is well fed.

  5. Jordan: I think you’re right that a four-speaker conference (selected from a pool of top-20 programs) will statistically increase the likelihood of an all-male panel. But I think that pointing out a conference like this is still pretty valuable, because I think the reason why the pool is so male-dominated to begin with is due to the kinds of ingrained sexism that the good folks at the Feminist Philosophers blog are trying to point out, as well. Maybe a good solution to that problem would be for conference organizers to broaden their speaker invitations to female philosophers outside of the top-20 program pool (which, if you ask me, is its own kind of arbitrary elitism! Gah!), with the understanding that there are a lot of brilliant thinkers (of whatever gender) that didn’t happen to make it through the gauntlet of academic hoop-jumpin’ (i.e., securing a post at some aforementioned top-20 department).

    jj: Best blog post title ever — who would EVER answer yes to that question?! I’ve been working very hard to suppress some hearty laughter over here in Baltimore :)

  6. Jordan,

    But the male speakers are not all from top 20 (as ranked by Leiter) programs — If the organizers can go down the tiers for great men deontologists, surely they can do so for women (and of course there are some very strong women doing work in deontology in the top 20 depts.)!

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