I’m posting here because I’ve recently drafted a paper on women in philosophy that may be of interest to Feminist Philosophers readers. Here’s the intro:
There is by now a well-established body of research in psychology showing that human beings are strongly influenced by a range of unconscious biases and dispositions related to categories like race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc. So far, there has been little to no empirical work on whether philosophers are influenced by theses biases. But given that philosophers are human beings, it seems very likely that they are. My goal in this paper is to explore the effects these biases may be having in philosophy with respect to women, and to propose and explore some remedies philosophers could implement. In Part One, I review some of the main findings from the empirical literature. In Part Two, I show how these findings may apply to philosophy. In Part Three, I argue that philosophers should want to do something about this situation. And in Part Four, I explore possible remedies.
The paper can be found by clicking on the link at the lower right hand side of my web page, here.
It’s a draft, so (a) I’ll be very grateful for comments and suggestions; and (b) check with me before citing it. The paper is forthcoming in Jenkins and Hutchison, Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?.