Illusions of Understanding

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:
This research is fascinating, and could have serious methodological importance for philosophy. Here’s the gist of the result (which was obtained by studying samples of US residents recruited online). People often don’t understand political issues fully, yet have strong convictions about them. When subjects were asked to go into state-and-defend mode on a political issue (i.e.,…

Now that’s a meaningful course evaluation!

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:
The following is from Jessica Gordon-Roth, Assistant Professor at CUNY-Lehman. The emphasis was added by me, because it is splendid: I asked my ‘Modern’ students how studying women philosophers shaped their understanding of the early modern period. To my surprise many took the opportunity to express how studying these women…

So you think you are not biased against any group. So what?

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:
In the “Men behaving splendidly” session at the APA, there was some discussion of what percentage of women should we push for. Elizabeth Harman made a strong and important point; it was roughly this: When we give conferences we are educating the next generation, so we should have 50 %…