12 thoughts on “We need women in Philosophy because….

  1. beautiful project – we did some statistics on the Facobook positivists, who just will not move above 33% – though facebook is a rather female territory, and we had quite some discussion about the magic disproportion. Berhaps there are philosophies women tend prefer – perhaps they prefer esotericism and religion to philosophy. The argumentative culture might be the problem…

  2. Iris Murdoch, GEM Anscombe, Judith Thompson, Ruth Marcus, Susan Haack, Philippa Foot, Nancy Cartwright, Marcia Cavell, Barbara Herman, Lydia Goehr,and many others have left us hungry for more.

  3. Women have an integrated brain and are more likely than men to be able to see the big picture and most certainly include an emotional perspective in their conclusions. Unfortunately male dominated linear thinking can send us down the wrong road from which we never find the way back. “The road less traveled” may be a more feminine route and lead to more “outside the box” thinking. (How many cliches did I use here!!!!)

  4. I constantly tell my brain what it can and can’t do because of my gender, but it doesn’t seem to care. It just continues to do whatever it wants to do anyway…

  5. I am a woman who works in “hard” philosophy (epistemology, philosophy of mind), and I firmly believe that women’s brains are not inherently different from men’s brains (and there are good empirical reasons to think so). I also love arguing hard in the philosophy seminar room, and in colloquia. And I don’t think I’m special. I think that lots of women are drawn to philosophy because of the ways in which philosophers rigorously engage with one another’s ideas.

    What are the problems, then? Harassment, implicit (and sometimes explicit) bias in just about every aspect of women’s professional lives, including differential treatment when they do try to engage in the same kinds of public debate as their male peers (such as not being taken seriously or being treated in a hostile way), stereotypes about what someone who is brilliant looks like or acts like. And so on.

    These are not problems that arise from innate gender differences or the nature of philosophical inquiry and debate. This is just good old sexism, both conscious and unconscious, that we have to work hard to rid ourselves of.

  6. Thank you, Rachel, for the book suggestion. I was trying to express my discomfort with such claims in my comment (#4), but all I could come up with was a somewhat ironic response. I really can’t take those claims seriously, even though I probably should if I intend to reject them.

  7. Let’s not suppose that the brains are different. The rules of the game – how you argue and that you do have to argue, this kind of chess match thing might be the problem

  8. i wonder if the question of which gender matters is the right way to change things. if the project is only about a women’s quote, what’the matter?even if we get more in philosophy , it doesn’t have an impact on the contents which are discussed.not every woman is aware gender-related problems or questions the habits of people because of that.the problem is not the person’s gender, but the person itself, who is doing philosophy.

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