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  1.  7
    Diversity in Philosophy.Helen Beebee & Anne-Marie McCallion - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):113-116.
  2.  9
    In Defence of Different Voices.Helen Beebee & Anne-Marie McCallion - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):149-177.
    Louise Antony draws a now well-known distinction between two explanatory models for researching and addressing the issue of women’s underrepresentation in philosophy – the ‘Different Voices’ and ‘Perfect Storm’ models – and argues that, in view of PS’s considerably higher social value, DV should be abandoned. We argue that Antony misunderstands the feminist framework that she takes to underpin DV, and we reconceptualise DV in a way that aligns with a proper understanding of the metaphilosophical framework that underpins it. On (...)
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    Difficult Women in Philosophy.Yasemin J. Erden & Hannah M. Altorf - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):239-259.
    In this paper we connect diversity with being on the margins of philosophy. We do this by reflecting on the programme that we, as diverse philosophers, designed and taught in a small university. Recently, the programme was closed. We examine some of the circumstances for the closure, in particular the impact of league tables. We argue that an idea of objectivity, as a method in both science and philosophy, plays a role in establishing and maintaining the outsider status of the (...)
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    Categorical Imperfections.Simon Fokt - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):219-238.
    The indexing systems used to systematise our knowledge about a domain tend to have an evaluative character: they represent some things as more important, general, complex, or central than others. They are also imperfect and can misrepresent something as more or less important, etc., than it really is. Such distortions mostly result from mistakes made due to lack of time or resources. In some cases they follow systematic patterns which can reveal the implicit judgements and values shared within a community (...)
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    Philosophy for Everyone.Nic R. Jones - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):195-217.
    The lack of diversity in academic philosophy has been well documented. This paper examines the reasons for this issue, identifying two intertwining norms within philosophy which contribute to it: the assertion that the Adversary Method is the primary mode of argumentation and the excessive boundary policing surrounding what constitutes “real” philosophy. These norms reinforce each other, creating a space where diverse practitioners must defend their work as philosophy before it can be engaged with philosophically. Therefore, if we are to address (...)
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    Trade-Offs, Backfires and Curriculum Diversification.Ian James Kidd - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):179-193.
    This paper presents two challenges faced by many initiatives that try to diversify undergraduate philosophy curricula, both intellectually and demographically. Trade-offs involve making difficult decisions to prioritise some values over others (like gender diversity over cultural diversity). Backfires involve unintended consequences contrary to the aims and values of diversity initiatives, including ones that compromise more general philosophical values. I discuss two specific backfire risks, involving the critical and political dimensions of teaching philosophy. Some general practical advice is offered along the (...)
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    An Interview with Rianna Walcott.Anne-Marie McCallion - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):139-148.
    This is an interview with Rianna Walcott, the co-founder of Project Myopia – a student-led initiative to decolonise university curricula. The discussion explores the difference between ‘diversity’ and ‘decolonisation’: how these two concepts relate to and contradict one another. Walcott outlines some of the recent student efforts to ‘decolonise’ the university and we discuss the extent to which this represents a paradoxical ambition, as well as the limitations of attempting to change the university from the inside. Walcott also explores the (...)
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    The Many Harms of SETs in Higher Education.Cecilea Mun - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):285-314.
    In this paper I call attention to the problem of continuing to rely on SETs for hiring, reappointment, promotion, and award decisions in higher education, including the problem of continuing to permit the use of SETs despite the clear and explicit acknowledgement of their problems. I argue that to do so manifests a failure to acknowledge the weight of the actual and potential harms of SETs. I then provide an outline of such harms in order to clearly convey not only (...)
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    Between Identity and Ambiguity.Karoline Reinhardt - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):261-283.
    Diversity matters – theoretically and practically, within philosophy and beyond. It is less clear, however, how we are to conceive of diversity. In current debates it is quite common to discuss diversity as a diversity of social identities. In this paper, I will raise five major concerns with regard to this approach from a philosophical perspective. All of them cast doubt on the flexibility and openness to ambiguity of identity-based concepts of diversity. Contrary to an identity-based concept of diversity, I (...)
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    Third-Order Epistemic Exclusion in Professional Philosophy.Zahra Thani & Derek Anderson - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (2):117-138.
    Third-order exclusion is a form of epistemic oppression in which the epistemic lifeway of a dominant group disrupts the epistemic agency of members of marginalized groups. In this paper we apply situated perspectives in order to argue that philosophy as a discipline imposes third-order exclusions on members of marginalized groups who are interested in participating in philosophy. We examine a number of specific aspects of the epistemic lifeway embodied by academic philosophy and show how this produces inaccessibility to the discipline. (...)
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    Aristotle and the Future.Alex Blum - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):7-8.
    We intend to show that Aristotle’s contention that future tense contingent statements are neither true nor false leads to inconsistency.
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    Rescuing Responsibility – and Freedom.Curran F. Douglass - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):9-27.
    This paper confronts two questions: How is it possible to be free if causal determinism is true?; and relatedly, How then is the practice of holding persons responsible for their actions to be justified? On offer here is a compatibilist account of freedom, tying it to control; the relation – argued to be a necessary connection – is considered in some detail. Then the question of ability to ‘do otherwise’ is discussed, which has held a fascination for many in regard (...)
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    Characterizing Moral Realism.Jude Edeh - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):29-40.
    The challenge faced with the proliferation of various kinds of cognitivism is the difficulty of providing a straightforward characterization of moral realism and antirealism. In light of this tension, I identified a problem in Sayre-McCord's way of specifying the criteria of moral realism. Furthermore, I provided a framework that characterized the moral realism beyond the features of cognitivism. Finally, I argue that any successful characterization of moral realism must capture its ontology robustly in order to separate it from other realist-like (...)
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    What Philosophical Aesthetics Can Learn From Applied Anthropology.Anna Kawalec - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):41-53.
    Through a detailed case study of investigations on beauty, I demonstrate that a thoughtful consideration of empirical evidence can lead to the disclosure of the fundamental assumptions entrenched in a philosophical discipline. I present a contrastive examination of two empirically oriented approaches to art and beauty, namely, the anthropology of art and the anthropology of aesthetics. To capture these two different ways of interpreting the available evidence, I draw upon a debate between Alfred Gell and Jeremy Coote on the understanding (...)
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    Inhabiting (CC.) ‘Religion’ in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit to Develop an Ambedkarite Critique of the Blasphemous Nucleus of Upanishadic Wisdom.Rajesh Sampath - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):55-84.
    This paper begins with several opening passages from the most esoteric writings in Hinduism’s vast, ancient religious-philosophical heritage, namely the Upanishads. The aim is to reveal certain essential connections between the primordial relation between self and sacrifice while exploring uncanny paradoxes of eternity and time, immortals and mortals and their secret linkages. The work is entirely philosophical in its intent and does not aspire to defend a faith-perspective. The horizon for this exposition follows the spirit of Ambedkar’s critique of Brahmanic (...)
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    The Performative Practices in Politics.Dmytro Shevchuk & Maksym Karpovets - 2020 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 7 (1):85-97.
    Performance theory is one of the methods that can explain dynamic and unpredictable social phenomena. The basics of our research are to be found in the artistic practices that destroyed previous classical patterns in art, while overcoming its boundaries. Accordingly, performance as a practical phenomenon has become the basis for a theoretical explanation of different political processes with carnival nature that influence and change social reality. This article proves that the Maidan in Kiev had a performative nature as well, which (...)
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