While Kevin Timpe and I were trying to hold off on going public with the new blog we're putting together, the cat has already been let out of the bag (see here). So, we figured we might as well go ahead and start formally spreading the word about Discrimination and Disadvantage. Here is a brief statement concerning our goals and motivations:
In recent years, philosophers have increasingly reflected on how various kinds of privilege and advantage are at work in the profession with an eye towards improving the lot of the disadvantaged. This blog is a space for philosophical reflection on various kinds of disadvantage (e.g., discrimination based on racism, classism, sexism, hetero-sexism, ableism, and the intersectionality of these and related phenomena) as well as discussion of such disadvantage within the philosophical community.
The impetus behind the blog begain with a simple question posted by Kevin on Facebook concerning the perceived need for a group blog or FB page for discussing these and related issues. We both agreed that a blog could be an important vehicle for encouraging an ongoing discussion concerning the philosophy of discrimination and disadvantage as well as the role that discrimination and disadvantage play within the discipline of philosophy. In this sense, the blog has a theoretical as well as a practical purpose. While our initial motivation was focused more narrowly on the philosophy of disability, we soon realized it was important for us to broaden the scope to include not just ableism but also other forms of discrimination and disadvantage.
For now, the blog is still under development. Not only are we working to add more resources and books to the sidebars, but we are also still trying to line up more contributors. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute, please just drop me a line. Hopefully, there will be some new posts up within the next week. So, please help spread the word! Thanks in advance!