Welcome to the blog for the SPP Committee on Diversity!
Posted by anonfemphil on October 13, 2008
The Committee on Diversity of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology
This blog should be the locus for the Committee’s newsletter and more, including articles and discussions.
The Committee was convened to address the issue of diversity in the fields that the SPP encompasses, with some special initial emphasis on women in philosophy. The emphasis on philosophy is due to the fact that philosophy is less diverse than the other fields. Though the committee takes very seriously a goal of diversity that is more than gender diversity, the expertise in the society makes women’s participation a reasonable starting point.
Overall, philosophy’s diversity profile is quite different from that of most other fields, including not just the humanities, but also many of the sciences. For example, though the figures for philosophy have been compiled somewhat informally, it looks as though women comprise 25% of the recent tenure track hire in physics, while in the philosophy the comparable figure looks to be about 20%.
Why is that and what can be done about it? Those are questions the committee is asking, and we hope you will participate in finding answers and solutions.
There is one rule for the blog: This place must allow for open discussion. Hostile attacks, so common on the internet, will make participation here less desirable for many people. Though we will not start off with any moderation, offensive comments will be deleted.