Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton) will present her empirical work on women in philosophy in a talk entitled “Gender Gaps and Conceptions of Ability” (abstract below). The event will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, Room TBA. A reception will follow.
Abstract: Some academic disciplines have significant gender gaps (e.g., philosophy), while others do not (e.g., molecular biology). Why is this so? Sometimes, the phenomenon is characterized in terms of the natural sciences/mathematics having large gender gaps, and the social sciences/humanities having small or no gender gaps. This is a crude characterization, as reflection on disciplines such as philosophy vs. molecular biology illustrates. Are there any general, isolable factors that predict the occurrence of gender gaps across all academic disciplines, and also within the broad domains of natural sciences/mathematics, and social sciences/humanities? Recent data collected by my collaborators and me suggest that one such factor may be how the practitioners of the discipline conceive of the ability required for success in it — in particular, the extent to which innate, immutable, natural talent is emphasized, at the expense of hard work and dedication, predicts the presence and extent of a discipline’s gender gap. I discuss the nature of this spectrum of conceptions of ability, and how and why they relate to gender gaps in academic disciplines.
Professor Katalin Balog (Rutgers) will present at SWIP-Analytic on Tuesday, February 11th at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, Room TBA.
Professor Gillian Russell (Washington University in St Louis) will present in March. Details are forthcoming. The presentation will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, Room TBA.
May’s SWIP-Analytic workshop will be given by the winner of the SWIP-Analytic Student Essay Prize. Details about this award will be available Spring 2014. The presentation will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, Room TBA.
Next Academic Year
NEW! We are very pleased to announce that Professor Deirdre Wilson (UCL/CSMN) will present at SWIP-Analytic Fall 2014.
Professor Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU) will present at SWIP-Analytic Fall 2014. Her presentation is tentatively titled “Natural Kinds as Categorical Bottlenecks.”
Philosophy Songs Performance NEW! We are very pleased to announce that our first event of the fall will feature philosophy songs written and performed by Vivian Feldblyum. Vivian will be visiting us from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she is a philosophy student. The details of her performance will be announced when we are closer to the event.
Deductive Love Song by Vivian Feldblyum:
All SWIP-Analytic events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.
SWIP-Analytic is a branch of the New York Society for Women in Philosophy dedicated to providing a forum for women in the New York area working on language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. It strives to continue NYSWIP’s commitment to being resource for all women in philosophy in the New York area.