What The Philosophy Smoker Is Doing About What It’s Like
June 24, 2011 § 14 Comments
Something cool happened over at the Philosophy Smoker, when Mr. Zero did something about What It’s Like. The comment policy was changed: “I will not approve douchey comments. I will not approve trollish or needlessly quarrelsome comments. I will not approve comments that make unfounded claims about how easy it is to be a woman in philosophy, or how hard it is to be a white man in philosophy. I will not approve comments that, in my judgement, do not meaningfully add to the discussion or move it forward.”
This is awesome, but the resulting comments turned up a new topic, which was kicked off with an observation by someone who said that his girlfriend believes “feminist philosophy is pseudophilosophy” but also seriously asked what constructive things can be done for women in philosophy. ?!?!
So here’s what I’m doing about what it’s like. For starters, I’m not denigrating the work of all feminist philosophers. Because that is the opposite of doing something constructive for women in philosophy.
This is an open call for others to affirm the work of those women in philosophy who write from a feminist perspective. Who’s your favorite pseudophilosopher? I’m going to go with Val Plumwood, whose “Feminism and the Mastery of Nature” was one of the best things I read in graduate school.