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01/26/2015

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Thomas Nadelhoffer

Thanks to Kevin for kicking things off. I just wanted to add that in the days and weeks ahead, I will continue to add new content to the resources and to the list of books. As things stand, the content is most disability-related (which is unsurprising given our initial impetus). But I will include more resources related to race, gender, class, sexual identity, and related topics. If you have suggestions, please send them my way!

observer

Great initiative. Looking at the faculty rosters of leiterrific departments it would seem that one key aspect in which they fail to be representative of the population at large is the paucity of graduates of non-elite BA programs. This is closely related to the much-discussed issues of class and race, but not gender.

Thomas Nadelhoffer

Dear Observer,

Given that both Kevin and I did not attend top ranked PGR programs (St. Louis University and Florida State University, respectively), this is an issue that interests us both. Indeed, there was a very interesting and illuminating discussion over at Daily Nous recently that focused on poverty/socio-economic status in philosophy. As a first generation college student who received my BA from a program that is unranked by the PGR (namely, University of Georgia), I am especially interested in these and related issues. That said, it's important not to dismiss the intersectionality of discrimination and disadvantage based on class with other forms of discrimination and disadvantage. Fortunately, this is one of the issues we hope to discuss here on D & D in the weeks and months to come! So, hopefully, you will join the discussion. Our goal is raise consciousness about the myriad ways certain classes of individuals are disadvantaged when it comes to finding a home in academic philosophy. While sexism, racism, and heterosexism are often discussed (and for good reason)...ableism and classism deserve close consideration as well.

Nameless

As a female philosopher with research and teaching interests in philosophy & disability and as someone who has begun reflecting more on how coming from a background of low socioeconomic status and domestic violence affects my experience in the profession, I am extremely pleased to hear about the launch of this blog. I look forward to joining the discussion.

Clement Loo

I just wanted to say that I'm quite excited at the advent of this blog. As I see it, there needs to be more public discussion of privilege and disadvantage in our field and consideration of how such disparity might have an effect on scholarship.

I look forward to reading more posts.

Shelley Tremain

I too want to say how happy I am that this blog has emerged. Ableism and classism are usually left out of discussions about privilege and oppression, underrepresentation, bias, and so on in philosophy. It is wonderful that there is now a place in which they will be given centrality alongside of, and on a par with, other axes of subjecting power. I am delighted that I was invited to be a contributing blogger here and look forward to thought-provoking discussions, some of which I hope that my posts to the blog will generate. Thank you to everyone who will make this blog a transformative influence in the profession and discipline, and especially to Thomas and Kevin for their bold idea to initiate it.

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