Academic Questions

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 461–473 | Cite as

Women in Philosophy: Problems with the Discrimination Hypothesis

  • Neven SesardicEmail author
  • Rafael De Clercq

A number of philosophers attribute the underrepresentation of women in philosophy largely to bias against women or some kind of wrongful discrimination. They cite six sources of evidence to support their contention: (1) gender disparities that increase along the path from undergraduate student to full-time faculty member; (2) anecdotal accounts of discrimination in philosophy; (3) research on gender bias in the evaluation of manuscripts, grants, and curricula vitae in other academic disciplines; (4) psychological research on implicit bias; (5) psychological research on stereotype threat; and (6) the relatively small number of articles written from a feminist perspective in leading philosophy journals. (Due to space limitations in the print version of the article, sections (3), (4), and (5) are omitted here. The full version is available at We urge the interested reader to take a look at the integral...


Stereotype Threat Gender Disparity Stanford Encyclopedia Feminist Philosophy Female Applicant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLingnan UniversityTuen MunHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Visual StudiesLingnan UniversityTuen MunHong Kong

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