, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 355–364 | Cite as

Sick and Tired: Depression in the Margins of Academic Philosophy

  • Maren BehrensenEmail author
  • Sofia Kaliarnta


This paper is a reflection on Peter Railton’s keynote speech at the Central APA in February 2015, especially on his disclosure of his struggle with clinical depression. Without attempting to deny the significance of Prof. Railton’s outing, we want to draw attention here to something that did not prominently figure in his speech: structural features of the philosophical profession that make people sick. In particular, we focus on the “ideology of smartness” in philosophy and how it creates a pathological double-bind for those that come into the discipline from the margins, or find themselves in its margins.


Philosophy Depression Academic precariat Wittgenstein Ideology of smartness 


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Conflicts of interest

We hereby declare that we are not aware of any conflicts of interest (economic or otherwise) pertaining to this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied EthicsLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Section of Ethics/Philosophy of TechnologyTU DelftDelftThe Netherlands

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