Eric Schwitzgebel decided to compare philosophy’s racial makeup to that of other humanities subjects. He found that– unlike the picture with gender– Philosophy is not an outlier among the humanities with regard to race. There are many humanities subjects just as white as philosophy. But importantly his conclusion is not a complacent one. Instead, his work leads him to float an important hypothesis:
Despite aspiring to be a broad, topically-driven inquiry into fundamental questions about truth, knowledge, beauty, and morality, perhaps philosophy as currently practiced in the U.S. is experienced by students as something closer to the study of a piece of ethnically European cultural history.