In TPM Issue 93, we asked philosophers to weigh in on the notion of diversity in philosophy. What’s the current state of play?  What’s changed and what should change?  What particular, personal questions arise for people as they find their way into the discipline. But most of all, we asked our contributors to think where possible about how philosophy might be diversified – what can we actually do, right now, to move ourselves and our study in the right direction?

We begin with Helen Beebee, who along with Jennifer Saul, wrote a report ten years ago on the representation of women in philosophy in the United Kingdom.  It got a lot of attention since and led to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. (There’s more at bpa.ac.uk/swip/good-practice-on-gender-bias.) The recommendations in that are now followed by 28 UK philosophy departments and 13 learned societies.

Ian James Kidd argues that if we are going to diversify the undergraduate curriculum, we ought to do it well, and that means, in part, keeping an eye on and avoiding certain habits of thought that can arise in students. He calls them neophilia and xenophilia.

Shen-yi Liao wonders what a Taiwanese philosopher is.  Is it a Taiwanese person who teaches philosophy?  The clutch of questions in this neighbourhood can lead to some puzzles, but we can make some headway by thinking about concepts.  Do we make concepts as we want them to be?

What’s the actual state of diversity in the discipline?  Eric Schwitzgebel, Liam Kofi Bright, Carolyn Dicey Jennings, Morgan Thompson and Eric Winsberg take a close look at the data.  If you want to know what’s going on now, and where the recent trends have headed, read on.

Simon Fokt, a driving force behind the Diversity Reading List, argues that nothing is more philosophical than diversity itself.  More than thirty volunteers and over one hundred contributors have co-created the DRL. If you want to expand your horizons, or your reading list, visit diversityreadinglist.org.

Up next, Rochelle DuFord asks, what practices make for an inclusive philosophy classroom?  As usual, a bit of money would help, but even without it, there are steps that can be taken.  Have a look at phildiversity.weebly.com for more.

And finally, Zahra Thani thinks about her own experiences as a philosophy student and argues that all philosophy should be taught with an eye on why we think this or that counts as philosophy.

Articles

The Diversity of Philosophy Students and Faculty in the United States

Reloading the Canon

Diverse Philosophies: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them To Be?

Diversify Thought: Teach Intersectionality

Women in Philosophy: What's Changed?

There is Nothing More Philosophical Than Diversity

What Practices Make for an Inclusive Philosophy Classroom?

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5 - Editorial James Garvey
6 - Autumn News Charlotte Knowles

Feature
9 - Paranormal Activity Tom Quinn

Opinion
13 - In Defence of Drinking Alone Hannah Maslen and Rebecca Roache
16 - Deniability and Fig Leaves Jennifer Saul
20 - The Five Parameters Phil Hutchinson
26 - Nausea is the Only True Philosophical Novel John Shand
28 - The Skeptic Wendy M. Grossman

Thoughts
31 - Liking What We See Jennifer Matey
38 - Philosophy and the Globalisation of English Oisin Keohane
45 - Slavery in Eighteenth Century America Russel B. Goodman
51 - Stuck in the Middle With You Nicolle Brancazio
57 - Why Care About the Future of Humanity? Rupert Read
62 - Minding Baby Jenny Greenwood
67 - Snapshot: Johan Gottlieb Fichte Allen Wood

71 - Forum
How Many Children Should We Have?

72 - None Gerald K. Harrison and Julia Tanner
78 - One At Most Sarah Conly
83 - We Should Adopt Tina Rulli
89 - Procreation and Projects Elizabeth Brake
95 - Many Children Bernard Prusak
100 - It Depends Rivka Weinberg

The Reviews
107 - Child's Play Jean Kazez
109 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James Matthew Meyer
112 - Captain Fantastic Amy Kind
114 -The Minority Body by Elizabeth Barnes Jean Kazez
118 - Campus Rumpus Benedict March

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5 - Editorial James Garvey
6 - Summer News Charlotte Knowles

Feature
9 - The Art of Making What Was Once Clear More Obscure Tom Quinn

Opinion
13 - The Five Parameters Phil Hutchinson
19 - The Ethics of Later Abortion F. M. Kamm
22 - The Skeptic: Evidence Schmevidence Wendy M. Grossman
24 - Brexit Veronique Munoz-Darde

Thoughts
27 - War and Morality Larry May
34 - Does Moral Rightness Come in Degrees? Martin Peterson
39 - The Death of Moritz Schlick Karl Egerton
45 - You Bet Your Life Justin C. Fisher
50 - The Thinkers Next Door Peter Adamson
56 - A Puzzle of Poetic Expression John Gibson
63 - Snapshot: Mary Astell Jacqueline Broad

Discussion
66 - Art-Rap, German Idealism and Therapy John Preston interviews milo

The Forum:
What is Metaphysics?
70 - Introduction James Garvey
71 - Discerning the Structure of Reality Naomi Thompson
76 - Is Metaphysics and Emotional Matter? Robin Le Poidevin
82 - Metaphysics as Mish-Mash Meghan Sullivan
86 - The Scientific Inquisition Tuomas E. Tahko
90 - The Question of Metaphysics Jessica Wilson
97 - Exchange: Epicurean and Stoic Philosophy David Konstan and Catherine Wilson
104 - Deprivation, Lament and Death Stephen J. Sullivan

The Reviews
108 - Can You Love Food? Jean Kazez
110 - Puzzling Identities by Vincent Descombes Georgia Warnke
112 - The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton Skye C. Cleary
114 - One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? by Sarah Conly Jamie Lindermann Nelson
116 - The Free Market Existentialist by William Irwin Kirsten Egerstom
118 - Campus Rumpus Benedict March

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5 - Editorial James Garvey
6 - Spring News Charlotte Knowles

Opinion
10 - Listening to the Student Voice Stella Sandford
14 - Are there answers to the Big Questions? Constantine Sandis
16 - Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs
20 - The Skeptic: Oral Arguments Wendy M. Grossman

Thoughts
22 - Introduction
24 - Can Psychologists Tell Us Anything About Morality? John M. Doris, Edouard Machery and Stephen Stich (Online)
30 - Spinoza On How Inequality Feels Beth Lord
35 - What Evidence? Whose Medicine? And On What Basis? Rani Lill Anjum
41 - Why Should Ethicists Think About Pregnancy Sickness? Fiona Woolard
47 - More Than Words Kevin Delapp and Jeremy Henkel (Online)
55 - Human Rights and Statelessness Alan Haworth
62 - Unity in Multiplicity Maria Rosa Antognazza
66 - Pop Culture: SS-GB Adam Ferner
69 - Exchange: Philosophy Inside and Outside Europe Jonardon Ganeri and Simon Glendinning
72 - Snapshot: George Santanyana Diego Lawler

74 - Forum: Paradoxes
76 - Beyond Belief Mark Sainsbury
82 - A Blast From The Past Kristie Miller
87 - Teaching By Insult Roy Sorensen
93 - The Paradox of Voting Jeremy Stangroom
98 - Something Is Wrong With The Way We Think David Ripley
100 - It Depends Rivka Weinberg

104 - Reviews
106 - My Hawk, My Self Jean Kazez
108 - Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve Amy Kind
110 - Steve Patterson's Square One Jason Brennan
113 - Emrys Westacott's The Wisdom of Frugality Matthew Pianalto
116 - John Kaag's American Philosophy: A Love Story Scott Bartlett
118 - Campus Rumpus V. Benedict March