The Psychology of Philosophy

In a comment on New Paper Rae draws our attention to a discussion of work by Carol Dweck at Stanford.  It reminded me for the nth time (where “n” is a large number) how impoverished philosophical discourse seems to be with regard to very important psychological factors.  These have to do with implicit biases, stereotype threat, how conceptions of talent influence performance, ways in which teachers express gender preferences in addressing students, how insiders react to remembering the contributions of outsiders, and so on. 

So how about collecting together some web papers on these and other topics?  Let me start with a few, I think most of which have been mentioned before on this blog.  So please!  Do mention some new topics and new readings!

Implicit Bias:  Jenny Saul’s paper.

Conceptions of talent and their influence on performance:  Carol Dweck’s paper mentioned above.

Stereotype threat:  A popular article by Claude Steele.

Ways one might reduce bias (about racism, but can apply to sexism), a paper from Dovidio’s group.

One of the things that started me thinking about the gap in psychological knowledge in our profession was a discussion on Leiter’s blog about whether the APA should allow job interviews in hotel rooms with beds.  Most of the male commentors seemed to think the problem was about sexual harassment.   This suggested to be a very thin grasp of the differences among men’s and women’s reactions to domestic scenes that can have to do with highly gendered roles.   We could try to do something about that too.

I just failed to find web versions of two papers, so let me suggest that it would be alright to provide an abstract to a paper that could be downloaded from a university database.

Open Positions at E-SWIP

Position 1: Coordinator of ESWIP Annual Spring Meeting
The Eastern Society for Women In Philosophy seeks a coordinator of the ESWIP Annual Spring Meeting.

Coordinator of the Annual Spring Meeting: Organize the ESWIP annual Spring meeting (usually occurs in March/April, but can be planned for anytime that suits the officers’ schedules). This includes establishing an ESWIP Program Committee (usually five members), distributing a call for papers, finding a conference location, finding a keynote speaker if applicable, collecting all of the submissions and passing them on to the program committee, and making local arrangements in regard to food, and audio-visual equipment.

Please contact lisarivera AT gmail for information or to nominate yourself or another person.

Position 2: ESWIP Junior Scholar and Graduate Support

Work with other SWIP divisions to get funding for a Junior Scholar Award. Each year ESWIP also runs a table for job candidates at the Eastern APA and asks senior scholars to volunteer to be there as support. Give this and other support for junior scholars and graduate students.

An advanced graduate student (dissertation writing stage) is eligible to fill this second position. Please consider nominating yourself or others (including your own graduate students). Please contact lisarivera AT gmail if you have questions or to nominate.