Implicit Bias: From Early Death to Failed Resurrection

January 17, 2017 Bob le flambeur 6

For the past 10 years, feminist philosophers have tried to place feminism on a scientific footing. In pursuit of that goal, they have turned to social psychology, and in particular, to research on implicit bias and stereotype threat. Among the two, the hypothesis of implicit bias seems to enjoy slightly greater credibility. Even a philosopher as capable as David Papineau wrote, in a review for the Times Literary Supplement, that …as Jennifer Saul stresses in [Continue reading]

On What Doesn’t Seem to Matter

December 28, 2016 Bob le flambeur 5

In response to the 2016 US presidential election, the American Philosophical Association (APA) issued the following statement (for a parody, see this post): Leading up to the United States presidential election one month ago and in the weeks since, the nation has experienced increasingly divisive rhetoric and a rise in bias-based attacks on members of vulnerable groups. In light of this polarized post-election climate, the board of officers of the American Philosophical Association reaffirms the association’s [Continue reading]

Closet Conservatives

December 12, 2016 Bob le flambeur 16

Conservatives in philosophy face an uphill battle as soon as they decide to come out and defend their views. Everyone who has ever tried to publish an article or a book that is critical of progressive views on, for example, race and gender, knows how extremely difficult it is, especially if one is hoping for one of the regular journals or publishers in philosophy. (The reason certainly is not a lack of interest in the [Continue reading]