Sally Haslanger on Philosop-her

UPDATE: This has been reposted due to the request of commenters to have a record of the discussion. In addition, comments have now been reopened to allow the posting of an apology. I ask commenters to be especially careful to respect the “Be Nice” rule. Comments will be closed again if the discussion turns nasty.

Recently I’ve been arguing that there has been insufficient attention in the analytic philosophical literature to the domain of social practices. On the one hand, mainstream analytic political philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about the State and institutions that form the “basic structure” of society, but (perhaps due to the influence of political liberalism) do not consider the micro-politics embedded in the practices of everyday life. Ethicists, on the other hand, tend to focus on individual action (character, will) and often don’t even consider that an agent, in acting, is engaged in a social practice.

More here!

BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme

I’m very excited to announce that the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, endorsed by the executive committees of both the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy UK, is live!

The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) are pleased to announce the launch of our Good Practice Scheme. The Scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy. A list of participating institutions will appear on this site from September 2014.

To learn more, go here.

Query: all-female reading list?

A reader writes:

I’m wondering if there’s an ethical problem with setting only texts by women as the required reading in my third-year course (there would be men in the recommended lists).

I myself would not want to do that in a feminism class, because I think it’s important to show people that men can be feminists, but the class in question is not a feminism one. Thoughts?

Mentoring Workshop CFP

Call for Submissions

A Networking and Mentoring Workshop 
for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy

Co-Directors: Elisabeth Camp, Elizabeth Harman, and Jill North

Female PhD and DPhil students and prospective students in philosophy are invited to submit papers on any topic in philosophy to participate in a workshop at Princeton University, August 21-24, 2014.

Thirty-five students will be selected to participate. Seven students will have their papers discussed; fourteen students will serve as commentators, and fourteen as chairs. In addition to the seven philosophy sessions, there will be five sessions at which professional advice is offered by twelve faculty mentors.

The workshop will provide meals and shared rooms for three nights at the Nassau Inn for all participants. The workshop will reimburse up to $400 of travel costs. Participants traveling with children will be provided with a single room rather than a shared room. The workshop will also provide information about how to find babysitters in the Princeton area.

We are committed to accommodating all participants with disabilities.


Karen Bennett, Cornell University

Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

Ruth Chang, Rutgers University

Elizabeth Harman, Princeton University

Jennifer Lackey, Northwestern University

Sarah-Jane Leslie, Princeton University

Ishani Maitra, University of Michigan

Jill North, Cornell University

Debra Satz, Stanford University

Jennifer Uleman, Purchase College, State University of New York

Katja Vogt, Columbia University

Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina
Advice Topics:

Getting the most out of graduate school

Writing a dissertation


Presenting and participating at conferences


Preparing for the job market

Starting a tenure-track job

Balancing work with the rest of life
Papers on any topic in philosophy are welcome. Submissions must be no longer than 7,000 words, including notes and references, and must be prepared for anonymous review. The submission deadline is March 1, 2014. We will notify all applicants of our decision by the end of May 2014.

The online submission form is linked from the workshop webpage:

This is the first in a series of three workshops that will occur biennially. These three workshops will reach more than 100 graduate student women across five years.

Workshop Sponsors:

Cornell University Sage School of Philosophy

The Marc Sanders Foundation

Princeton University Center for Human Values

Princeton University Department of Philosophy

Princeton University Council of the Humanities

Princeton University Diversity Initiative

Rutgers University Department of Philosophy