Mary Midgley

Responding to Jonathan Wolff on the relative lack of women in philosophy.

The trouble is not, of course, men as such – men have done good enough philosophy in the past. What is wrong is a particular style of philosophising that results from encouraging a lot of clever young men to compete in winning arguments. These people then quickly build up a set of games out of simple oppositions and elaborate them until, in the end, nobody else can see what they are talking about.

I don’t agree with everything she says, but this particular remark filled me with glee. You can read more here.

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