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Dan Sperber’s response to an invitation from Pogge June 20, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 10:06 pm

Dan Sperber has sent us this to share:

The letter below that I just sent in response to an invitation by Profs. Pogge and Meldolesi (and that I posted on Facebook) may be relevant:
Dear Prof. Meldolesi,

I am very surprised by this invitation to a conference on on Albert Hirschman’s Legacy that you co-organise with Professor Thomas Pogge from Yale. Even if he were, implausibly, to think he is unjustly accused (see https://sites.google.com/site/thomaspoggeopenletter/), Professor Pogge should not, until he has cleared his name (if he can), even think of organising an academic conference: asking people to participate to a conference of which he is a co-organizer is tantamount to asking them to pretend that Prof. Pogge’s moral authority is not at issue, that, for instance, the academic benefit conferred by such an invitation couldn’t be used by him as what he might consider an aid to seduction and what might be better described as a tool of sexual harassment. To accept such an invitation is, in fact, to give him tacit support. When, moreover, the conference involved is intended to honor the legacy of a man of such moral integrity as Albert Hirschman, this is just sick.

This is a serious matter. I will post this letter on Facebook and other web venues.


Dan Sperber


SAF at Central APA 2017, CFP

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 4:45 pm

Society for Analytical Feminism

Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition


SAF Session at the Central Division APA, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO, March 1-4, 2017

The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions for a session at the 2017 Central Division APA meetings.

Deadline for submissions: August 8, 2016.

The Society seeks papers that examine feminist issues by methods broadly construed as analytic, or discuss the use of analytic philosophical methods as applied to feminist issues. Authors should submit full papers of a length appropriate to a 20-minute presentation time. Please delete all self-identifying references from your submission to ensure anonymity.

Send submissions as a word attachment to Kathryn Norlock

(kathrynnorlock at gmail dot com).

Graduate students or underfunded professionals whose papers are accepted will be eligible for the Society’s $250 Travel Stipend. Please indicate in your email if you fall into one of these categories and wish to be considered for the stipend.


The Society for Analytical Feminism provides a forum where issues concerning analytical feminism may be openly discussed and examined. Its purpose is to promote the study of issues in feminism by methods broadly construed as analytic, to examine the use of analytic methods as applied to feminist issues, and to provide a means by which those interested in Analytical Feminism may meet and exchange ideas. The Society meets yearly at the Central Division meetings of the APA and frequently organizes sessions for the Eastern Division and Pacific Divisions.

Membership in the Society is open to all who are interested in and concerned with issues in Analytical Feminism. Annual dues are $25 for regularly employed members, $15 for students, unemployed, underemployed, and retired members. For more information about SAF, including membership form, please visit our website.


Jo Cox

Filed under: Uncategorized — Monkey @ 3:19 pm

Readers will no doubt have heard this on the news already, but I am moved to mark this event here. British MP, Jo Cox, was brutally murdered last Thursday, in what seems to have been a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist. Jo Cox was elected very recently. She did a lot of work to try and improve things for refugees. Such work was apparently the motive for her assassination.

There is so much more that I could write, but I will leave you with just this – the statement made by her husband, Brendan Cox:

Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.

She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.

There are a great number of articles about this online right now if you want to know more. Here is one from Aljazeera.


Further information regarding the Pogge allegtions (UPDATED) June 19, 2016

Filed under: sexual harassment,Uncategorized — philodaria @ 5:46 pm

UPDATE 6/20/2016: An “Open Letter Regarding Thomas Pogge” has been signed by over 160 academics, including most of the members of Yale University’s Department of Philosophy as well as the department chair; you can add your name to the letter by clicking on the middle tab at the top of the letter.

From the Huffington Post, regarding allegations of quid pro quo:

In her affidavit, obtained by HuffPost, Aye said she met Pogge at a conference in 2013, and began emailing with him soon after. He offered to help her career, she said, stating early on in an email, “lots of job openings cross my desk, so maybe I can help you find a place where you can be productive in the [global justice] universe.” She said she always denied his offers. Their relationship became intimate during his visits to Europe in late 2013.

But Aye said she decided in early 2014 to “warn other women” that Pogge had deceived her repeatedly, including hiding that he had been married for about 30 years.

Pogge has denied acting inappropriately with any graduate students.

Aye believed she was one Pogge’s “secret mistresses,” she wrote in her affidavit, and that some of the other women were graduate students for whom he’d written recommendations. She alleged these relationships bordered on being “quid pro quo” arrangements.

Pogge wrote in an email to HuffPost that he had written a recommendation for one of the students he became intimately involved with, but said he did so before he “had any romantic relation with her.” He said he was familiar with her academic work because he had taught her in the summer of 2010.

And regarding Columbia:

Yale recruited Pogge away from Columbia in 2007. When Pogge faced university charges of sexually harassing Lopez Aguilar at Yale in 2011, he told the school investigator that Yale was fully aware of the allegations against him at Columbia, according to BuzzFeed. Yale hired him anyway. 

Aye said Pogge had told her a different story about what happened at Columbia.

“He said that when he was at Columbia, he had a stalker who was crazy and eventually she entrapped him and performed oral sex on him, but the woman was crazy,” she said. “Harassment never even came up, it was just him sharing a story about crazy women he’s encountered in his life.”

Pogge disputed part of that claim in an email to HuffPost: “I cannot recall ever telling her that I was stalked by anyone (nor was I in fact stalked by anyone — at Columbia or elsewhere).”

Christia Mercer, who has taught philosophy at Columbia since 1991, said she was aware of allegations that Pogge had behaved inappropriately with a student at the school. Mercer said she warned professors at the University of Oslo in Norway, where both she and Pogge held academic positions, about the claims against him after she read the Thought Catalog essay in 2014. Pogge was reappointed later that academic year, and still holds a position with the university.


Another Pogge incident.

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 6:38 am

From Leiter:

Erin Kelly (Tufts):

Spring 1984 I visited Columbia University as a prospective graduate student. TP showed me the campus and encouraged me to come. After I left he followed up with a phone call. I told him I planned to enroll in the fall. He questioned me about my plans for the summer and, to my astonishment, he invited me to travel with him to Europe or South America. He also invited me to stay in his apartment prior to the beginning of the semester while I looked for an apartment. I declined both offers, but he insisted on sending me his keys.

I wanted to attend graduate school in philosophy and decided not to let TP’s inappropriate behavior prevent me from attending. I enrolled at Columbia and TP did not persist with any further invitations.



#PulseOrlandoSyllabus June 16, 2016

Filed under: glbt,Uncategorized — philodaria @ 6:15 am

Or, syllabi. I haven’t posted anything about Orlando here, because everything I have to say feels trite and inadequate — but, I do want to share this.

A crowd sourced document of relevant materials (scholarly and popular) regarding context, history, and so on, compiled mostly by librarians and educators, here.

And another, from the GSU Library, here.


June 15, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Monkey @ 8:46 am



Top psychologists on implicit bias: book greatly reduced in price June 14, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 10:06 pm

If you’ve picked up bits and pieces on implicit bias and wish you had a more systematic, connected-up view, think of takng advantage of this temporary reduction in price, from $13.99 to $1.99. This is for the e-text, and the reduction is at several different places.


Apologies for the text placement.  I’m failing at changing it.



SAF deadline: June 15, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 1:41 pm

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15 is the deadline for submissions to the upcoming 25th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Analytical Feminism:

Call for Papers & Save the Date
SAF Conference 2016
 Analytical Feminism: Past, Present, & Future
 at University of Massachusetts Lowell
September 16th-18th 2016
Keynote Speakers: Nancy Bauer (Tufts University), Teresa Blankmeyer Burke(Gallaudet University), Tommie Shelby (Harvard University)
Co-sponsored by University of Massachusetts Lowell and Boston University
The Society for Analytical Feminism invites submissions of long abstracts or panel proposals for a conference on the theme of Analytical Feminism: Past, Present, & Future.
We seek presentations that examine feminist topics by methods broadly construed as analytic, or that discuss the use of analytic philosophical methods as these are applied to feminist issues.  We welcome work that explores the relationships between feminist philosophy and intersectional questions of race, class, sexuality, and ability (among others).
Authors of individual papers should submit an extended abstract (750-1000 words) accompanied by a bibliography, prepared for doubly anonymous review.  Panel proposals should be submitted by one author on behalf of all panelists and should include a paragraph proposing the panel that is accompanied by all of the extended abstracts; the panel proposal and all abstracts should be prepared for doubly anonymous review.  Reading time should be approximately 20 minutes for individual papers and 80 minutes for panels.
Please send questions and submit proposals to SAFconference2016 at gmail.com by JUNE 15th 2016.  Include your name and preferred email address in the body of your email.  If you are proposing a panel, please include the names and preferred email addresses of all potential participants in the body of the email.  Please submit all relevant information in a single document (no separate bibliographies, please).

Stop Protecting Abusive Academic Men

Filed under: domestic violence,sexual harassment,Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 9:36 am

A powerful post.

In the last two weeks, we have seen gender, higher education and celebrity revolving around one issue our news feeds. No, I am not referring to Angelina Jolie-Pitt’s appointment as Visiting Professor at the LSE, but rather the series of revelations relating to violence against women in academia and the celebrity-verse. First, on 20th May, Buzzfeed broke the story about two allegations against renowned Yale professor Thomas Pogge for sexual misconduct. Then, on 28th May, global news outlets reported that the Los Angeles Superior Court had issued Johnny Depp with a restraining order in response to his wife Amber Heard’s evidence of a history of domestic violence during their relationship. Finally, on 30th May, one of the world’s best-known feminist scholars, Sara Ahmed, resigned from her professorship at Goldsmiths University due to the institution’s failure to tackle sexual harassment. Brought side by side, three separate events speak volumes about how the obsession with male genius and creativity continues to sustain rape culture.



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