On Being a Woman in Philosophy

Five women philosophers examine what’s wrong with philosophy, that is, why the profession has been so hostile to women. Read their short pieces in the New York times opinionator blogs.  The problems seem to be especially bad at the so-called “top” schools, at least tops in terms of the bleiter establishment as opposed to those at the top of the Pluralist Guide.

By Noelle McAfee

I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.

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