Helen De Cruz on how to create better philosophical communities

“How then do we expand efforts for inclusiveness to academic philosophy more broadly? To make academic philosophy more demographically representative of the broader societies where it is situated we need to look at the underlying factors that have given rise to these patterns. It’s vital to accept that academic philosophy, like other academic disciplines, is not a meritocracy. Pretending that it is makes things worse for people who find themselves at the periphery. It is an invidious form of denialism – which is, of course, the first and most effective way of enabling injustice.”

Now read about her suggestions for how to improve on this.

A reason for going to philosophy graduate school

I used the example of baking a cake in an discussion recently. Later that day I remembered the following vignette:

I, around the age of 15, was absent mindedly putting together things supposedly from a cake mix recipe. At a stage where it became clear that I had been very foregetful and it was doubtful that what I had was cake batter, my father appeared. Having been told what I had been aiming at, he said, “no man is going to want to marry you if you can’t make a cake.”

He was not joking.

Chief Mankiller

“When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it’s up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it’s time the world remembers her name. MANKILLER is a documentary celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people.”

Moreinformation and movie trailer here.

CFP: Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain style

American Society for Aesthetics

Rocky Mountain Division

Call for Abstracts

March 1, 2019 Submission Deadline

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 12-14, 2019.

Manuel Davenport Keynote Address: Dominic McIver Lopes Cosmopolitan Aesthetics

Dominic McIver Lopes FRSC teaches at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship and he has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Levinhume Visiting Professor. He has written books on the semantics and values of images, the artistic role of technology in computer art and photography, methodology in aesthetics, the nature of art, and the nature and importance of aesthetic value. Building on his work on aesthetic value, his next project is a book entitled Cosmopolitan Aesthetics.

Michael Manson Artist Keynote Address: Pamela Knoll Philia and Figurative Art

Pamela Knoll is a figurative artist who works primarily from life and sees her work as a representation of the exchange between the model and herself. “Working from the model is like a form of intense, careful listening, except that it’s visual. The drawing or painting that results is a report of what I see and feel during the exchange.” She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. In 2011 she began seriously studying drawing and oil painting under the guidance of artists Richard Morris and Sean Cheetham. Her work has been included in group shows, most recently at Kate Oh Gallery in New York. Pamela lives in Los Angeles where she continues to hone her drawing and painting skills to better serve her art.

Submission Guidelines—March 1, 2019 Submission Deadline

We welcome presentations in all fields and disciplines pertaining to the history, application, and appreciation of aesthetic understanding. We are always particularly interested in research involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches emphasizing natural and cultural character of the American Southwest.

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Sexism and trying to get elected

From the NYT:

In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill. She was aloof. She was unlikable.

It’s not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling up in discussions of Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris as they campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Few Americans acknowledge they would hesitate to vote for a woman for president — but they don’t have to, according to researchers and experts on politics and women and extensive research on double standards in campaigns. Reluctance to support female candidates is apparent in the language that voters frequently use to describe men and women running for office; in the qualities that voters say they seek; and in the perceived flaws that voters say they are willing or unwilling to overlook in candidates.

Read on for the rest of the story!

CFP: Process thought and feminism

The 12th International Whitehead Conference will have a section on process thought and feminism. More information on https://www.whitehead2019.org/call-for-papers

We are pleased to announce that the 12th International Whitehead Conference, under the topic “Process as Creativity–Process as Concern”, will take place between August 27-30, 2019.
The conference will take place in University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.
You are cordially invited to attend this conference and submit your abstracts for presentations in any on the following sections:
1. Whitehead, speculation and contemporary metaphysics
2. Whitehead, aesthetics and the philosophy of creativity
3. Whitehead and modern philosophy
4. Whitehead, ecology, economy and ethics
5. Whitehead, mathematics, logic and natural sciences
6. Process tought and feminism
7. Whitehead and continental philosophy
8. Whitehead and Eastern philosophies
9. Process thought and African philosophy
10. Amerindian animism and process thought
11. Process philosophy in Latin America
12. Whitehead and theology
13. Process philosophy and the future of democracy 14. Whitehead, psychology and social sciences
15. Whitehead and post-structural philosophies

And the nuns, of course

This will seem surprising to some, though it surely ought even to be expected. The limitts to spontaneous imagination in matters of morals and action needs investigation.

From the NYT, FEB 5, 2019.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he had publicly acknowledged the issue.

Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week wrote about nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis had never mentioned it until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

“It’s true,” Francis said. “There are priests and bishops who have done that.”