Survey for philosophers of religion — especially women

A request for help from philosophers of religion — if you qualify, why not take the survey?

If you are a professional philosopher of religion (this includes graduate students) and have a moment to spare, I would be very grateful if you could fill in this survey: The survey is part of my British Academy project on religious epistemology. The purpose is to get a qualitative picture of the motivations of philosophers of religion for taking up this subject. Participation is anonymous. The format of the study is an open survey, where you will be asked to respond to a series of open questions. As the questions are open, it is entirely up to you to decide how long or detailed your responses are. You can also decide to leave the study at any time. I already have a good number of responses, but so far only a small percentage of my respondents are women. The more people participate, the better and more nuanced the results will be. Ideally, I would like to recruit people of various levels of seniority (e.g., graduate students, faculty members, non- tenureline faculty), male as well as female participants, working in various countries, and with various religious outlooks (including lack of religious belief). The study is designed and carried out by Helen De Cruz, postdoctoral fellow of the British Academy at the University of Oxford. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact helen.decruz[at]

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  1. Thanks for putting this up, feminist philosophers.
    I have a small comment that I thought worth adding as someone expressed the worry they might be identified, and given the personal nature of the questionnaire, and the environment that philosophy is, I’d like to specify how I try to preserve your anonymity.
    I cannot ask individual permission to reproduce text fragments, as I do not ask for names or e-mail addresses. So I ask permission beforehand (in the consent form) for whether I can reproduce at most one of your responses. By restricting the amount of text I reproduce to one answer per respondent maximum, I hope that this makes it hard to identify individuals. Also, I have now a large dataset, with people from diverse countries and levels of seniority, so I think it would be hard for readers to pick out who wrote what. I will not share the full dataset with anyone, given the confidential nature of the questionnaire (in line with best practices for qualitative work).
    If you still have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly using the e-mail address listed in the original post.

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